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Russia’s RuTube Offline for Second Day by Victory Day Cyberattack

RuTube, Russia’s answer to YouTube, was crippled for a second day on Tuesday by a cyber attack whose timing it linked to this week’s anniversary celebrations of victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two. Usually packed with video content, RuTube’s site is currently black, with a short message reading: “Attention! The site is undergoing […]

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Russia’s RuTube Offline for Second Day by Victory Day Cyberattack

RuTube, Russia’s answer to YouTube, was crippled for a second day on Tuesday by a cyber attack whose timing it linked to this week’s anniversary celebrations of victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two. Usually packed with video content, RuTube’s site is currently black, with a short message reading: “Attention! The site is undergoing […]

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Telegram Said to Surpass WhatsApp to Become Russia’s Top Messenger

Telegram has overtaken WhatsApp to become Russia’s most popular messaging tool, the mobile operator Megafon said on Monday, with Russians flocking to the service as Moscow restricts some digital services. WhatsApp owner Meta is embroiled in a Russian court case, with prosecutors seeking to label it an “extremist organisation”, and authorities have actively promoted Telegram as […]

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Ukraine Crisis: The Battle to Keep Russia’s Internet Free

Western powers have seized the yachts of Russian oligarchs and booted Russian banks out of the international system in response to the Ukraine invasion, but sanctions that limit access to the Internet are proving highly divisive. Ukraine has called loudly for a widespread boycott and Kyiv has even pushed for Russia to be cut off […]

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‘Rossgram’ is Russia’s Alternative to Instagram

Russian tech entrepreneurs are set to launch a picture-sharing application on the domestic market to help fill the void left by Instagram, which the authorities blocked this week. The new service, known as Rossgram, will launch on March 28 and have additional functions such as crowdfunding and paid access for some content, its website said […]

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Twitter to Label and Limit Posts From Russia’s Ally Belarus Over Ukraine Invasion

Twitter will place labels on and limit the spread of posts from Belarus state media and their senior staff, the company said on Thursday, in a move aimed to curb misinformation from Russia’s ally in its invasion of Ukraine. Social media services including Twitter in recent years have begun labeling accounts of state broadcasters and […]

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How Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine Played to Social Media’s Youngest Audience

When Russia invaded Ukraine last week, some of social media’s youngest users experienced the conflict from the front lines on TikTok. Videos of people huddling and crying in windowless bomb shelters, explosions blasting through urban settings and missiles streaking across Ukrainian cities took over the app from its usual offerings of fashion, fitness and dance […]

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How Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine Played to Social Media’s Youngest Audience

When Russia invaded Ukraine last week, some of social media’s youngest users experienced the conflict from the front lines on TikTok. Videos of people huddling and crying in windowless bomb shelters, explosions blasting through urban settings and missiles streaking across Ukrainian cities took over the app from its usual offerings of fashion, fitness and dance […]

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War via TikTok: Russia’s New Tool for Propaganda Machine

The Russian TikTok video has it all: a cat, puppies, and a pulsing background beat. It’s cute, watchable and hardly seems the stuff of state propaganda. In 2014, Russia flooded the Internet with fake accounts pushing disinformation about its takeover of Crimea. Eight years later, experts say Russia is mounting a far more sophisticated effort […]

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