The discussion of digital diplomacy has focused excessively on social media. Social media gurus may welcome this. Diplomatic analysts should be more cautious. Social media are not necessarily easy tools for diplomats. They...KEEP READING
Countering Russian Propaganda in Eastern Europe
The RAND Corporation released a new publication looking at Russia's social media influence on former Soviet states. According to the authors, "The purpose of this project was to better understand the nature and effectiveness of pro-Russia outreach on social media and identify countermessaging opportunities."
This study focused on the scope of these campaigns and possibilities for countering, such as through media literacy training and the creation of counter-narratives. In their research, the authors came across a group of approximately 41,000 Twitter users posting pro-Russian propaganda, as well as a counterweight of 39,000 Ukrainians seeking to combat it.
The book Russian Social Media Influence: Understanding Russian Propaganda in Eastern Europe by Todd C. Helmus, Elizabeth Bodine-Baron, Andrew Radin, Madeline Magnuson, Joshua Mendelsohn, William Marcellino, Andriy Bega and Zev Winkelman is available here.