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Fake News Reports and Videos Seek to Undermine the Paris Olympics

Posted on AllSides June 3rd, 2024
From The Left
Sports, Olympics, Paris, Disinformation, National Security, Russia
Dmitry Kostyukov for The New York Times

With its athletes barred from competing in the Summer Olympics under the country’s flag, Russia has turned its fury on the Games and this year’s host, Paris.

Russian propagandists have created an hourlong documentary, spoofed news reports and even mimicked French and American intelligence agencies to issue fake warnings urging people to avoid the Games, according to a report released on Sunday by Microsoft.

The report details the disinformation campaign created by a group the company calls Storm-1679. The campaign appears to have accelerated since March, flooding social media with...

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