Tim Squirrell spoke to Al Jazeera English‘s news programme about Cyber Front Z, a Russian troll farm accused of spreading pro-Kremlin misinformation on social media. Drawing on research from ISD’s Julia Smirnova, he discussed the history of trolling tactics as a Kremlin weapon in the information war, highlighting that one of the main developments in the most recent conflict is that these groups now appear to be openly operating. Cyber Front Z not only posts links to social media posts to encourage its followers to post propaganda in the comments; it has also begun to host live events and discussions in St Petersburg.
September 23, 2022 | Le Monde
ISD's Cécile Simmons writes for Le Monde about the circulation of US-adapted voter fraud narratives in fringe communities on social media during the 2022 French elections.
September 21, 2022 | Axios
ISD Senior Research Manager Jared Holt speaks with Axios about why despite decline among "some demographics," Meta's powers and influence will persist.
September 21, 2022 | Tampa Bay Times
ISD Senior Manager Jared Holt speaks with the Tampa Bay Times about Gionet's role in "radicalizing followers with his lively, clownish delivery."