Russia's government has launched its own 'Fake News' busting project

Louis Dor
Wednesday 22 February 2017 15:15
Science and Tech
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Fake News.

It's an accusation that's being thrown increasingly at true stories, by people who simply don't like the tone or implication of where these facts lead.

Exhibit A:

Now the Russian Foreign Ministry is doing it.

They've set up a section on their website to denounce what they deem fake news.

The problem is they're not doing a very good job of debunking stories.

Here's a report on France's presidential frontrunner saying Russia is hacking him.

Macron’s campaign chief Richard Ferrand on Monday blamed the Russian government for cyberattacks on his team's computer. The Kremlin denied these allegations.

The Bloomberg story simply reports these facts.

Russia's reply?

The reply simply reads:

This article puts forward information that does not correspond to reality.

No refutation of central facts is offered.

As debunker pieces go, that is sensationally lazy.

The same goes for a piece in NBC news on Edward Snowden.

And for this Telegraph piece on the Montenegro government.

You can see the full archive of their "debunkers" on the website.

We can't wait to see what happens to this piece.

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