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Int’l rules of conduct needed to prevent situations like blocking of Russian media outlets’ Facebook accounts – Nikiforov

Let’s be clear about what Russia is trying to do and say here. 

The Russian troll farm established fake Facebook identities, Facebook deleted them. The Russian troll farm bought Facebook ads during the 2016 US presidential election, Facebook deleted them. The same occurred on Twitter, Reddit, Tumblr, and so on. Russia will claim the same ‘victimhood’ on the same sites for the same reason. 

Russia is saying ‘we want to have indiscriminate access to unethical, immoral, and sometimes illegal ways of informing, misinforming, disinforming, and influencing people in other countries without interference’. 

This is yet another way of Russia waging an information war at the UN, using whatever tools are available, in this case waging lawfare at the UN. Russia is attempting to use the same distraction techniques as it uses in information warfare in its wording.

Point 2, if you want a case study in how Russian propaganda, fake news, and disinformation propagates/spreads,  do a Google search on the title of this article.  See who carries this story. 

I’m still trying to figure out Interfax’s funding line from the following from Wikipedia. Interfax is the originator of this story, then it spread into the greater Russian information warfare machine.

Interfax Ltd. (RussianИнтерфакс) is a privately-held independent major news agency in Russia (along with state-operated TASS and RIA Novosti) and information services company headquartered in Moscow 

“along with state-operated”. I mean, what in the heck?  “along with”? It says privately-held but then they throw in the “along with state-operated”???

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MOSCOW. April 5 (Interfax) – Russia will insist that the United Nations adopt an international convention to lay down rules of conduct on the Internet and deal with the illegal blocking of online resources, Russian Communications and Mass Media Minister Nikolai Nikiforov said on Thursday.

“Our foreign colleagues, above all American, continue to exhibit their customary practice of double standards. They always apply the norms and regulations that they talk about so much from the high rostrums in a one-sided way. This is why we have elaborated a draft of an international convention to lay down rules of responsible conduct on the Internet, which covers such matters,” Nikiforov said in response to Interfax’s question about measures to be taken in connection with the blocking of the Facebook accounts of some Russian media outlets.

“We will insist that the rules of responsible conduct be laid down on the level of the UN,” Nikiforov said.

The blocking of Facebook accounts is proof that allegations of traditional laws’ inapplicability to the Internet are baseless, he said.

“Everything applies. As soon as the White House signs an order, everything gets blocked. We remember how Crimean domains were deleted, etc. Facebook is a company, a legal entity in the United States, and it lives by their laws. This is their jurisdiction and their company,” Nikiforov said.

Unless a convention “based on international law is adopted at the UN, there will be risks,” he said.

“So far, we are dealing with peaceful situations, but many military doctrines include a response to hacker attacks. They [attacks] could be a pretext for starting an all-out war,” Nikiforov said.