Role of Telegram and other emerging platforms in the Ukraine war

Russian propaganda in the Ukraine war is being spread through platforms like Telegram. While mainstream platforms moderate content, newer platforms have looser moderation. However, even Telegram has some level of content moderation in place.

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There is a growing concern in the Western countries that Russian propaganda in the Ukraine war has been used Telegram and other new social media platforms intensively. While mainstream platforms, including Twitter and Facebook/Meta exercised intensive content moderation around the Ukraine war, new platforms have a more relaxed content moderation policy.

You can consult this article for more details about the challenge of what they frame as the use of  ‘unmoderated platform’ in the Ukraine war. This is incorrect since all platforms, including Telegram, have some level of content moderation.

You can read more on this issue in the blog post published by Lawfare.