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2019.09.27 17:00

More fake news target NATO’s presence in Lithuania

LRT.lt2019.09.27 17:00

Fake news have targeted NATO’s presence in Lithuania, the country’s Ministry of Defence tweeted on Friday.

A claim hosted on the popular petition website, Change.org, invites people to sign a petition to “Stop German troops desecration [sic] of Jewish graves in Lithuania”.

The Lithuanian Ministry of Defence tweeted that “another fake news was plotted yesterday to discord Lithuanian society and discredit NATO allies by publishing online the-supposed Jewish cemetery desecration by NATO [Enhanced Forward presence] eFP soldiers”.

As of Friday, the petition has collected 39 signatures, and is still online.

NATO’s presence in the region has long been the target of fake news and disinformation.

Between May and July 2019, bots accounted for 55 percent of all Russian-language Twitter messages on NATO presence in the Baltic states and Poland.

Read more: Bots on the Ground: Half of Russian tweets on NATO in Baltics and Poland come from bot-networks

The Russian-language bots were particularly interested in NATO military exercises that took place in the Baltic States and Poland during this period, EUvsDisinfo.eu, the EU's campaign to tackle Russian disinformation, reported earlier in September.

Read more: From direct messages to deep fakes: tactics are changing in social media infowars – report

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