Russia ‘Using Lies and Propaganda as its Main Weapons’

By Barbara Gutierrez All independent media and social media platforms have been banned from Russia to keep residents tuned in solely to state-owned and controlled news outlets. While Russia continued bombing different sites in Ukraine, Russian president Vladimir Putin addressed a large crowd at a pro-war concert in Moscow recently and told the participants that the military actions were necessary to prevent a genocide against Russian citizens. The event shows that the Russian propaganda machine is hard at work. The country is leading a campaign of disinformation and repression, according [...]

2022-03-28T12:37:51-04:00March 28, 2022|Journalism, Public Relations|

Invasion of Ukraine Highlights Social Media’s Role in War

By Barbara Gutierrez New technologies have increased access for everyone to stories, images, and videos chronicling Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine and the resulting destruction and misery. During the unprecedented incursion that Russia has unleashed on Ukraine, the interconnectedness and the immediacy and importance of social media have been starkly highlighted. Facebook, TikTok, Instagram, and Twitter are full of photos and videos of shootings, explosions, and burned-out Russian tanks and buildings. There are also videos of protests from Berlin to St. Petersburg, abandoned bodies of soldiers, and a stream of [...]