A few notable takeaways. Russian Information Warfare (IW) on the French election had limited effectiveness Alt-Right (mostly?) Americans read and redistributed Russian disinformation (during the French campaign) Russian IW was mostly in English Assume Russians hacked candidates, released incriminating evidence – just like US campaign Conclusion? Russian IW did not affect target audience, it missed… Continue reading The Russian government’s disinformation campaign failed to influence the French election. Why?
This is a clear example of one of the unintended consequences to Russian Information Warfare. Prior to the French election, Macron was considered pro-Putin. He was markedly less so than Le Pen, but he was still regarded as favoring Russia and reducing sanctions against them. Then, in an effort to support Le Pen, Russia’s propaganda… Continue reading Macron’s Russia Reset
Macron set to become youngest ever president, exit polls suggest London Evening Standard 14:05 Emannuel Macron is set to be France’s youngest president Daily Mail 14:01 Macron wins by an estimated 65.5 to 34.5% Political Betting (Weblog) 14:00 May 7th, 2017 The powers of the French President Source: http://www2.politicalbetting.com/index.php/archives/2017/05/07/macron-wins-by-an-estimated-65-5-to-34-5/
“Plan” means “threaten”, which means RT and Sputnik are using words without action. This is a form of Lawfare, which is using the legal system as one more way of harassing someone or something. Margarita Simonyan, the chief editor of RT and Sputnik, is the chief purveyor of false, fake, and misleading news, tilted strongly in favor… Continue reading Pro-Kremlin media firms plan to sue Macron over alleged smear campaign
Emmanuel Macron: ‘Le Pen comes up with this. She has troops behind her.’ By Jason Murdock May 5, 2017 16:37 BST A 200-strong collective of French-language Twitter accounts were involved in a coordinated campaign to spread misinformation by using “fake news” from troll-website 4Chan to damage the reputation of presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron, it has… Continue reading Russia uses 200-strong Twitter army to spread anti-Macron propaganda
Yesterday, when everybody else was announcing Macron was winning the French election, RT took another view. “Le Pen, the leader in the French presidential election after counting half the votes” April 23, 2017, 23:11 The leader of the party “National Front” Marine Le Pen after counting 50.3% of ballots gaining 24,10% of votes at the… Continue reading RT Says Le Pen Is Winning
Russian propaganda missed no time in lying about the results, saying Marine Le Pen was winning almost 60% of the French votes. We know this was wrong. Opinion polls for 2nd round released: 60%+ Macron, Le Pen around 40% </end editorial> by Ilya Arkhipov April 24, 2017, 8:29 AM EDT Even as the Kremlin called… Continue reading Disappointment in Russia as Kremlin Favorites Lag in French Race