In October, Estonian press publications were rather modest in writing about propaganda and information manipulation.
In reading the Estonian media, we can say with conviction that September was the month of stories written about China.
We have to accept and get used to a manipulated virtual world as a new normality. Here is Priit Talve’s full article, which appeared in the Delfi Klikimagnet (Click Magnet) section in September.
In July, problems related to Faceap and Baltnews received the most attention in the Estonian media.
In the past month, Social Media was once again at the center of stories about influencing.
In April, the main keywords were about propaganda, information warfare, influencing activities, the Security Police Board’s (KAPO) yearbook, President Kaljulaid’s visit to Russia, influencing the elections and the growing interest in monitoring activities.
An article in January discussing influence activities gave a lot of colour due to the approaching elections.
In the last month, the Estonian media has been dominated by stories about using social media channels to manipulate people.
November 2018 may be considered as the fake news month due to the large amount of media coverage, with several articles that deal with influence activities focused on this topic.
The third week of October brought news on how the court in Finland sentenced Johan Bäckman, a Kremlin activist and founder of the suspicious content publication, MV-Leht as well as the publication’s director, Ilja Janitskin to imprisonment and financial penalties.