Bot farms spreading disinformation dismantled in Ukraine

The Ukrainian Security Service (SSU) claims to have discovered and shut down two bot farms engaged in spreading Russian disinformation. One bot farm was discovered in Odesa, while the other was in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev. Law enforcement detained two men who were both suspected of receiving payments from Russia.

According to the SSU, the bot farms had a total capacity of at least 7,000 fake social media accounts distributing misinformation and fake news about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. These activities aimed to discredit the Defence Forces of Ukraine, justify Russia’s armed aggression, and destabilise Ukraine’s social and political situation.