Like the devil reads the Bible
“Danish scholars conclude that RT has ‘exceptional influence’ in social media.”
The sensational headline about the “exceptional influence” looks like a pat on RT’s back; however, it’s a piece wishful thinking.
What researchers at the University of Copenhagen had in fact detected was that RT is popular among a very special and narrow group of social media users, namely people who are likely share disinformation.
“We found RT to be the most important profile among the top 50 profiles […] in the disinformation network,” the researchers stated in the abstract of their study, which was published in International Affairs.
Illusion of RT popularity for domestic audience
RIA’s manipulation of the Danish study was also analyzed by Ukrainian counter propaganda media outlet Stopfake.
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