July 20, 2022 | El País

Banned-RT content is making its way across Europe

Despite being banned in the EU, Russia Today (RT) content is still accesible through domain variations that direct to RT servers, mirror websites and different websites posting exact copies of the articles. That’s some of the ways we found RT content circumventing the EU-wide ban in place. Leading Spanish-language outlet El País published an exclusive on our findings with a focus on Spanish-language mirror sites.

Francesca Arcostanzo, CASM-ISD’s Senior Digital research Methods Lead, and one of the authors of the report, explained to El País how our researchers stumbled upon this through Google: “It was while doing other research that we noticed this, while RT’s official addresses did not appear in the results, alternative pages were appearing in the searches… and there were a lot of them”.