The Washington Post publishes the first part of a two-episode investigation "The Facebook Dilemma" by Frontline, which examines the social media platform’s impact on privacy and democracy in the U.S. and around the world. The first shot speaks of fake news spread in Ukraine, aimed at stirring Ukraine.
Russian propaganda was massive on social media. Then staged fake news appeared.
“There were so many stories that started emerging onto Facebook. And it spread on Facebook. Facebook was weaponized,” Dmytro Shymkiv, advisor to the President and former Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine, says.
"I am explicitly saying that there are trolls factories that are posting news that are fake, that are lies, and they are promoted on your platform (Facebook, - ed.) by, very often, fake accounts," Shymkiv stresses.
As it was reported earlier, mass disturbances in Kyiv in late 2013 – early 2014 led to Revolution of Dignity. The protests in the capital of Ukraine in November 2013 were against Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s decision to reject a deal for greater economic integration with the European Union. As the conflict between unarmed protesters and law enforcers reached the bloody climax, Yanukovych and his sidekicks fled the country.
Ukraine’s Prosecutor General’s Office charges Yanukovych with state treason, supporting Russian officials responsible for violating Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as waging aggressive war.
In March, 2014 Russian troops took control of the Crimean region and the Crimea was illegally annexed by Russia after Crimeans voted to join the Russian Federation in a disputed local referendum.
In 2014, hostilities in Donbas began. Eastern Ukraine remains occupied for over four years already and took thousands of lives of Ukrainian people Russia is providing support to the militants in the small region.
Although Moscow denies its involvement, the standing cease-fire in eastern Ukraine has been continuously violated, shelling and skirmishes occur regularly.
10,000 – estimated number of civilian casualties.
1.6 million – estimated number of internally displaced people
280 miles – length of front line