Putin Apologized for Foreign Minister’s Claim That Hitler was Part Jewish, Israel Says

Russian President Vladimir Putin apologized for his foreign minister’s claim that Nazi leader Adolf Hitler “had Jewish blood,” Israel said on May 5. Putin made the apology in a phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, according to a …

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EU Anti-Fake News Agency Starts Work Against Chinese Propaganda

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The European Union’s anti-fake news agency has started to publish fact-checked reports in Chinese to counter Chinese propaganda. Over the past few weeks, EUvsDisinfo had published two articles in Chinese, debunking fake news about the war in Ukraine. The European …

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Moscow Times Blocked in Russia

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Russian authorities have blocked  Moscow Times’ Russian-language service for allegedly spreading misinformation. “The state communications watchdog Roskomnadzor blocked The Moscow Times’ Russian-language service in accordance with an April 12 order from the Prosecutor General’s Office, according to its database of …

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Shanghai Cracks Down Rumors On Extended Lockdown

Shanghai cyber watchdogs said they would subdue rumors online about the city’s extended COVID-19 lockdown. Shanghai office of the Cyberspace Administration of China said people have been spreading rumors on the messaging application WeChat, accusing the armed police of taking …

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Meta Removes Over 400 Facebook Accounts Before Philippine Elections

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Meta suspended a network of over 400 accounts, pages, and groups in the Philippines from Facebook to guard against the possible spread of misinformation ahead of the May 2022 Philippine elections. Concerns about online hate speech have increased as candidates …

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Russian Defence Ministry Claims Kyiv Regime Stages Photos, Videos in Bucha

The Russian Defence Ministry denied the allegations of the alleged killings of civilians in the city of Bucha, saying that Kyiv staged all published photos and videos of the crimes. In an interview with CBS’s Face the Nation, Ukrainian President …

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Russia To Fine Wikipedia Over Information On Ukraine War

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Russian media censorship agency will impose an administrative liability up to 4 million rubles or about $49,000 to Wikipedia for not taking down “inaccurate” information about the Russian Armed Forces in Ukraine. The Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information …

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North Korea Faked ICBM Missile Launch, Says South Korea

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North Korea faked the launch of its so-called “monster” missile, said South Korea’s intelligence agency. State media reported a successful launch of the Hwasong-17 intercontinental ballistic missile on March 24, but analysts had identified discrepancies in the accounts. According to …

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