Ukraine’s Security Service exposes over 200 internet agitators who spread fakes about Covid-19

Source : 112 Ukraine

Besides, law enforcers blocked over 2,000 internet societies with 800,000 subscribers
18:03, 21 April 2020

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Over the period of quarantine, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) exposed 207 internet-agitators who spread varied fakes about coronavirus, as the SBU reported.

“The information about 197 exposed agitators was filed to the National Policy by the SBU. Half of the violators were held administratively liable for the spread of false rumors, which may cause panic or violation of the public order,” the message said.

Besides, law enforcers blocked over 2,000 internet societies with 800,000 subscribers.

“It is established that 10 out of 207 exposed agitators acted on the assignment of the Russian side. The SBU opened the criminal proceedings for actions aiming for encroaching upon the territorial integrity and inviolacy of Ukraine, violent change, or overthrow the constitutional order or seizure of state power,” the message said.

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Particularly, such agitators worked in Kyiv, Odesa, Dnipro, Lviv, Kherson, Poltava, Kropnyvtsky.

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.

Earlier, since the beginning of lockdown in Ukraine, the law enforcers have checked 344 reports on possible illegal actions, particularly online fraud during the purchase of personal protective equipment. 

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