During the quarantine, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) exposed 154 agitators, who spread fakes about coronavirus. The law enforcers blocked over 2,000 internet societies with more than 700,000 subscribers as the SBU reported.
The internet content of such topics is mostly spread from the Russian information space. It aims to create artificial panic or contains the urges to violate the terms of the quarantine.
“Particularly, among 154 exposed persons, the SBU identified eight internet agitators who acted on the assignment of the Russian sides knowingly. Such agitators worked in Odesa, Dnipro, Lviv, Kherson, and Kyiv. Against the perpetrators, the SBU investigators opened the criminal proceedings. In other words, for actions aiming for violent change of power or overthrow the constitutional order or seizure of state power and infringement upon the territorial sovereignty and integrity of Ukraine,” the SBU reported.
One-third of exposed agitators has already faced administrative responsibility. Head of the SBU Ivan Bakanov submitted the offer to the National Security and Defense Council on the extension of the sanctions against Russian social networks Odnoklassniki and VKontakte for another three years.
“The fakes in the countries of stable democracy equal to the weapons of mass destruction. The hybrid war takes place against Ukraine and we continue to counteract the information attacks from the side of the Russian Federation. That is why the extension of the sanctions makes sense: by these actions we will protect our citizens from the fakes and manipulations and consequently, we will keep the security of our state in general,” Bakanov stated.
As we reported, the SBU uncovered bot farm with 5,000 accounts, which spread fakes about coronavirus on social networks and urged to unseat the constitutional order in Ukraine.