Online manipulation and tactics of disinformation in 2016, has played an important role in the elections in at least 18 countries, including Russia’s intervention in the U.S. presidential election. About it reports Radio Freedom, referring to the report of the human rights organization Freedom House.

“The use of paid commentators and political bots to spread state propaganda was founded by China and Russia, but now it has become global”, – said the President of the FH Michael Abramovich.

The organization noted that governments around the world “direct efforts to manipulate the information in social networks, undermining democracy and contributing to the drop in the level of Internet freedom”.

Among the countries that restrict the Internet least of all Iceland, Estonia, Canada, United States. A list of unfree in this respect, countries headed by China, are in the list, and Russia.

Ukraine attributed to “partly free” country due to ban on Russian social networks and search services.

See also: Freedom House: Ukraine is a country with a relatively free press

17 may 2017 entered into force the presidential decree, which banned the Ukrainian Internet providers to grant access to Russian sites and Yandex, Dr. Web, Kaspersky Lab social networks Odnoklassniki and Vkontakte.

Fakes in social media has influenced elections in 18 countries – Freedom House 14.11.2017

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