Russian 'Kyiv' deepfake influence campaign is dismantled

Occurred: February 2022

A fake, AI-powered pro-Russian influence campaign attempted to spread anti-Ukrainian propaganda, sparking concerns about the use of AI to create and spread misinformation and disinformation.

According to Meta, the so-called 'Kyiv' campaign took the form of dozens of fake profiles using AI-generated pictures, including of an aviation engineer, news editors, and scientific authors

Posing as independent news desks operating out of Kyiv, the fake profiles were used to publish content on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Telegram, and Russian social networks Odnoklassniki and VK.

The profiles were taken down for violating Meta's coordinated inauthentic behaviour policy.

Ukrainian authorities also shut down a Russian bot farm in Lviv capable of deploying 18,000 fake accounts, and a smaller one that posted fake information about Ukraine on Telegram, WhatsApp and Viber.

Country: Ukraine; Russia
Sector: Govt - defence
Purpose: Moderate content
Technology: Content moderation system; Deepfake - image; Generative adversarial network (GAN); Neural network; Deep learning; Machine learning  
Issue: Mis/disinformation; Ethics/values
Transparency: Black box

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Type: Incident
Published: March 2022