Trending articles in the Russian information ecosystem
Articles from May 17 to 18, 2022
Headlines trending in the Russian propaganda and disinformation ecosystem. The methodology will be available shortly, but here is the cliff-notes version. Hoaxlines uses Buzzsumo’s trending algorithm to assess which articles are popular among a set of websites that are either recognized as Russian state-controlled, partnered with the Russian state or Russian intelligence, or a consistent amplifier of Kremlin interests that has over five backlinks to websites belonging to the Russian-state or intelligence.
Most of the websites in our list can be found here. Articles that “trend” are fed into a dashboard where the headlines are translated using Google Translate. We look for repeated themes in the dashboard when compared with the messaging from state representatives and proxies.