On Sunday, Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, the executive body of the European Union, announced that the European Union would not only ban all Russian planes from European airspace, but also crack down on "the Kremlin's media machinery in the EU." become EU”, namely their state media Russia Today and Sputnik. The EU, said Leyen, will develop tools to stop "toxic and harmful disinformation" from spreading over statements by Putin that the Ukrainian government has committed genocide against its own people. Ukraine dismissed those claims as false in a lawsuit filed Sunday before the International Criminal Court and asked the United Nations' highest court to order a halt to the Russian invasion.
RT and Sputnik are also broadcast in the US. Will Biden follow suit and crack down on pro-Russia misinformation? If he does, US cable companies will also need to take a good look at channels like Fox News, whose shows - particularly Tucker Carlson's - have reproduced pro-Russia talking points. Russian media even used Carlson's comment to criticize the Democrats and the Biden administration's approach to sanctioning Russia for its infiltration into Ukraine. (Carlson eventually backed away somewhat from his defense of Putin.)
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Congress could heed calls from Virginia Senator Mark Warner and pressure social media companies like Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and TikTok to introduce new content restrictions to curb the spread of propaganda and misinformation across their platforms. Politico reported last week that "the debunked posts garnered millions of likes, comments, and shares on Facebook and Twitter" and elsewhere.
Preventing misinformation from Kremlin-backed media can be difficult: Pro-Russian propaganda has spread through secure messaging platform Telegram, prompting the Ukrainian government agency to fight disinformation and broadcasting pro-Russian channels as “terrorist news.” “ to mark. “But as Russia continues to wage war on Ukraine, it is crucial to reiterate that Putin's quest to “demilitarize and denazify” Ukraine, a country ruled by a Jewish president, is his own false flag.