December 2, 2022

This satellite photo from Planet Labs PBC shows a large disturbance in the sea off the Danish island of Bornholm, on September 26.

Denmark’s Emergency Management Agency says the Nord Stream gas leak “poses no health risks” on the nearby island of Bornholm.

Two “covert influence operations from China and Russia” that spread political accounts about the Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine have been removed from Facebook for violating the platform’s policy on “inauthentic behaviour”, Meta He said Tuesday.

Meta said the Russian network was “the largest of its kind we’ve disrupted since the start of the war in Ukraine,” and targeted audiences in Germany, France, Italy and Ukraine with “narratives focused on the war and its impact through a sprawling network of more than 60 sites impersonating legitimate news organizations.” .

The Russian network’s novels focused on the war in Ukraine, echoed the Kremlin’s talking points about the impact of sanctions, and published stories critical of Ukrainian refugees.

The sprawling network – which launched in May this year – consists of more than 60 websites that carefully impersonate news organizations across Europe, including The Guardian, Bild and Der Spiegel. Disinformation efforts revolve around fake news articles, original memes and YouTube videos shared across Facebook, Instagram, Telegram, Twitter, Change.org, Avaaz and LiveJournal, according to Meta.

The content was shared in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian and Ukrainian, and in some cases amplified through the Facebook pages of Russian embassies in Europe and Asia.

This is the largest and most complex operation of Russian origin that we have disrupted since the beginning of the war in Ukraine. He offered an extraordinary combination of sophistication and brute strength.

The network that originated in China was smaller in scope and targeted people in the United States, the Czech Republic and, to a lesser extent, Chinese and French speaking audiences globally in four “largely separate, short-term efforts” between 2021 and mid-September 2022.

Meta said the operation in the United States focused on “domestic politics before the midterm elections,” while in the Czech Republic, the narratives were about the country’s “foreign policy toward China and Ukraine.”