The truth behind the Kremlin’s disinformation campaign: From Facebook to Twitter, the internet is still a tool of disinformation

AUSTRALIA is experiencing a massive propaganda campaign by the Kremlin.

While the United States has been taking on a campaign of its own, the Australian Government has been using social media to spread disinformation about Australia’s economic performance.

While many people may think of it as propaganda, social media has become an important tool for Russia to spread its propaganda, according to former Australian Prime Minister John Howard. 

In 2015, Australia’s Department of Communications released a report entitled The Kremlin is Winning. 

This document highlighted the impact of Russian propaganda on the Australian political system and called for an independent review into the effectiveness of Australia’s government to counter propaganda.

The report argued that Australia’s political system was riddled with corruption and ineffective governance. 

While the report’s authors were quick to note that the Russian disinformation campaign has been around for many years, many Australians were skeptical.

This scepticism, combined with the fact that Australia has had a large Russian presence for many decades, was enough to give the government pause.

The ABC was first to report that Russia’s use of social media was a major part of the Russian government’s efforts to influence Australia’s election. 

“The fact that Russia is targeting the Australian electorate, particularly in the last two years of the current election campaign, speaks volumes about how the Russian state sees Australia,” said former Australian Federal Police chief commissioner Neil Gaughan in a speech at the Institute of Australian Strategic Studies (IAS).

“This is an area of deep concern to the Australian government.” 

“It’s a very dangerous thing for our democracy.

It’s very dangerous for democracy and our security.” 

The Russian government used social media in ways that the Western world had never seen before, according the former chief of the Australian Federal police, Neil Gaughey. 

The social media campaigns were used to spread propaganda and create the illusion of a mass movement that was not.

“It really is quite a complex problem,” Gaugough told the ABC.

While social media could be used for propaganda, it was also used to promote Australia’s interests in the world.

“In a way it is a propaganda tool, because it’s a way to reach a particular audience,” Gaughany said.

“It’s also a tool to influence the Australian population.

It can be used as a platform to try and influence Australian policy.” 

But how exactly does the Russian influence campaign work?

“Social media can be very effective for getting information to people,” Goughany said, explaining that this was because it was “highly scalable”.

“There are very few ways to get people to the same point and this is because people have difficulty in seeing through the disinformation,” he said.

There are many different ways to spread a message online, but the main tool that Russian media has employed is social media.

“In this particular case, the disinformation campaign is spread via social media, particularly Facebook,” Gougough said. 

Social media was the only avenue that the Kremlin used to reach its targets, he said, adding that it was a “pretty efficient way to do it”.

“Facebook has a pretty good track record in this area of social engineering,” he told the National Press Club in a presentation entitled The Next Stage of the Kremlin: The Russian Dictatorship of the Internet.

“[They] have developed algorithms that allow them to get very precise information that is very easy to understand.”

Goughany told the Sydney Morning Herald that Facebook was one of the main ways the Russian regime got the message out to its followers.

“If you want to get a message to a large audience you have to do something very, very specific, very, extremely specific,” he explained.

“That’s why Facebook was a very effective platform.”

If you look at a typical Facebook post, Facebook has a very specific audience of people that are going to see the post.

“Gaughey was quick to point out that Facebook had “no direct evidence” that Russian propaganda had been effective.”

Facebook is a great platform for spreading propaganda and propaganda is effective, because Facebook is the platform where people can communicate,” he admitted.

These accounts would be used to influence other users, and so the Kremlin would be able to “make it very hard for the Australian people to understand”.””

What happens is people who have a Facebook account are going into Facebook and creating accounts,” Gaghough explained. 

These accounts would be used to influence other users, and so the Kremlin would be able to “make it very hard for the Australian people to understand”.

“The Russians can create a massive audience of Facebook users and they can be able spread misinformation and propaganda,” Gaughty told the newspaper.

In this case, social networking was used to make the Australian voters believe that the country’s economy was doing badly.

“The Australian public were basically told to believe the story that Russia had a massive economic slump, and the Australian public have to believe that because they were told to,” he added. 

Facebook also provided the Kremlin