Propastop has identified 17 Facebook groups of concern operating in Estonia. Here’s how to help combat their hate and misinformation.
In a country where there has been no clear expression of ideology for years, and no talk of tendencies towards propaganda, everything has changed in recent months.
A staged fake news story about an activist attacked in Lasnamäe was published in the environment of Vkontakte.
The term, has previously been associated with the Soviet Union is now actively used and has become synonymous in the West with the propaganda of the Kremlin.
When speaking about propaganda, the story will include counterpropaganda and its necessity right from the start. There are a number of approaches to counterpropaganda – the narrowest of them considers oppositional or counterpropaganda as a propaganda-responsive activity, always activating after the fact. The more broader approach also includes proactive solutions to counterpropaganda activities, the most important of which is to raise people’s awareness.
Estonian Information Board is a governmental organisation that deals with intelligence. In February they published their second annual review, which gives an overview of Estonia’s external threats.
Propastop provides few tips when one must give an interview to a propaganda channel. These apply similarly to everyone, including politicians and officials.