Yuriy Stets, Minister of Information Policy wants to create “Internet army”

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2015/01/28 • News

In an interview with channel 24, Yuriy Stets, Minister of Information Policy stated that he hopes to form an “Internet army” in order to reveal true information about Ukraine.

“We don’t need bots and trolls to bring the truth to people communicating on the Internet. Anyone using social networks has seen and understood this from the very first day. We need to unite people who are respected in social networks and make it possible for them to reach larger numbers of people. Get them all together, that is, create some kind of coordination centre.” said Stets.

He added that these people would not work for the ministry, but for Ukraine. He has already met with several bloggers.

“I’m not going to negotiate with them. I’m going to meet with them, and that’s what I’m doing now. For example, I met with Dmytro Tymchuk and with a blogger called Cruz Cruz, but in fact, his name is Baraboshko. If these people get urgent information that refutes this or that fake news, they’ll be able to publish or post it quickly on the Internet.”

The Minister does not know how many people will be on this team.

“As many people as we can find. The more the better. I think that it will work. All the people who surf the Internet can be part of our Internet army.” stated Stets.

Earlier, Stets announced that the Ministry of Information Policy would number 20 to 30 people, and the budget would reach four million hryvnias.

Journalists had previously expressed concerns that the creation of such a Ministry would be an obstacle to freedom of speech in Ukraine.

Translated by: Christine Chraibi
Source: Ukrayinska Pravda

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  • Michel Cloarec

    The trolls army belong to an industry which wants to stop freedom of speech.
    So go ahead it is time ! GOOD LUCK !

  • Dirk Smith

    Quit announcing it; just do it. Moscow is months ahead of Kyiv in this department.

  • Jacks Channel

    http://rt.com/politics/227091-gorbachev-russia-germany-east-west/
    More Russian stupidity. Duma wants to condemn the reunification of Germany as an act of aggression. Idiots.

  • StumpedNoMore2

    I’ve been saying this for months on various sites now. This is the information age and those who controls the narrative usually controls the talking point. On the Kyiv Post, I have been telling brave Ukrainians that they must fight and tell the world from the Ukrainian’s perspective. I’m not just talking about war but what Ukraine can offer to the world in term of tourism, investment, innovation, technologies, etc.

    Dirk Smith is correct in his assertion that the Kremlin is way ahead of Kyiv but it is never too late to change the narrative as the conflict is on going. If one would go to any Western forums or websites, the Kremlin’s propagandists would label Kyiv as fascists, neo-cons, nazis, etc. Ukraine cannot afford for the Kremlin to vilify Ukraine on those talking point. Ukraine needs a Vitali Klitschko type of TKO to the Kremlin. Don’t worry my Ukrainian friends, I will be defending Ukraine on various sites delivering a Klitschko type of TKO to those trolls.

  • Mader Levap

    What the hell. I am not saying countering propaganda is not important, but Ukrainian leadership should focus on that little unimportant undeclared war with Russia somewhere east… just sayin’…

  • http://www.telligys.com Adrian Horodecky

    Sign me up!