#BanderaKaratel – remember this Twitter hashtag? Did you even use it yourself and added it to Twitter accounts, which obviously spread Kremlin propaganda, used to mark these accounts?
If so, then you have actively contributed to the creation of the database on which Twitter accounts are listed, which spread Kremlin propaganda – in the course of the last few years the number of accounts listed has steadily increased, in the meantime 331000 accounts have been listed and there are more and more – at the beginning there was the hashtag #BanderaKaratel. The results collected from it, have been transformed by Ukrainian volunteers with tireless work into a database. This database is now the basis of the newly developed extension for the browsers Google Chrome and Firefox. The defence against Russian manipulation on Twitter was thus brought to a new functional level.
Appellation: Please report Twitter accounts that obviously spread Russian propaganda
if you are watching Twitter accounts that are obviously spreading Russian propaganda, you can sign up on the database, log in and easily submit a message. The moderation team then checks the account according to clearly defined criteria and lists the account if it turns out that the account actually spreads Russian propaganda.
In the comment field it is desired to insert links to tweets proving the distribution of Russian propaganda.
A Ukrainian team of volunteers and developers have now developed an extension for Google Chrome and Firefox browser, which once downloaded and integrated in the browser, will compare all Twitter accounts on your computer’s screen with the database described above in a lightning-fast process. All accounts already listed on the database are highlighted visually, marked in red and crossed out with a red line. (You can set the color to any color.
For example, if I want to investigate an account as a journalist or researcher to see how far it spreads Russian propaganda or interacts with Twitter accounts that spread Russian propaganda, I have a very efficient tool at my disposal.
Twitter Account of Markus M. Müller >>>
Reviewing the Twittertimeline of Markus M. Müller’s Twitter account with the help of the Google Chrome Extension (there is a version for Firefox)
We recommend the use of this free browser extension #StopRussianPropaganda Google Chrome extension for all those who do not want to be led around by Russian propaganda – but especially for all journalists, researchers who deliberately deal with the topic of Russian propaganda.
Click here for a functional description and download links, just click on the following picture:
The NGO Schweiz Ukraine (swissukraine. org) has supported the development of the extension from an existing donation fund.
But the big work was done by volunteers in Ukraine.
Simon Gerber, President of swissukraine.org