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General News    H4'ed 7/28/19

Finland is winning the war on fake news. What it's learned may be crucial to Western democracy

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Building known as 'Troll Factory' linked to fake social media (17 Feb 2018) A building which formerly housed the Russian Internet Research Agency in St. Petersburg has been linked to fake social media posts.
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At Espoo Adult Education Centre, Jussi Toivanen's PowerPoint slide “Have you been hit by the Russian troll army?” included methods to deceive: image and video manipulations, half-truths, intimidation and false profiles, and how to identify bots: look for stock photos, assess the volume of posts per day, check for inconsistent translations and no personal information, ending with “deepfake” — highly realistic manipulated video or audio — of Barack Obama to highlight challenges in the information war ahead. The course is part of an anti-fake news initiative launched by Finland’s government in 2014, two years before Russia meddled in the US elections.

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