DOJ seizes ‘bot farm’ operated by the Russian authorities

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The Division of Justice introduced on Tuesday that it seized two domains and greater than 900 social media accounts it claims had been a part of an “AI-enhanced” Russian bot farm. Lots of the accounts had been designed to appear to be they belonged to People and posted content material concerning the Russia-Ukraine struggle, together with movies wherein Russian President Vladimir Putin justified Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The Justice Division claims that an worker of RT — Russia’s state media outlet — was behind the bot farm. RT’s management signed off on a plan to make use of the bot farm to “distribute data on a wide-scale foundation,” amplifying the publication’s attain on social media,” an FBI agent alleged in an affidavit. To arrange the bot farm, the worker…

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