“On Wednesday, Facebook and YouTube said they had removed the upload of a deepfake video ‘with Zelensky’ that was supposed to show him giving in to Russia,” CNN’s Rachel Metz told CNN.
— Zelensky’s senior adviser shared a statement via Telegram that Ukrainian forces are launching counterattacks against Russian occupiers.
— Key takeaway from Bump’s story: “Ukraine’s communications infrastructure remains intact, allowing videos and photos from the war to quickly reach the international community.” For example, footage of the Mariupol theater explosion was available minutes after the explosion.
— Images from the Maxar satellite company showed that the Russian word “CHILDREN” was written on both sides of the theater before it was bombed.
— To highlight this, CNN.com on Wednesday evening published an article based on satellite imagery: “Where some buildings once stood in some parts of the country, only burnt structures remain after Russian military strikes.”
— ‘Modern warfare’ means this too: one of the MSNBC banners on Wednesday night read: “US SUPPLYS UKRAINE WITH DEADLY SWITCHBLADE DRONES.”
— At some point on Wednesday, one of the CNN banners read: “HACKERS ATTEMPT TO BREAK PUTIN’S DIGITAL IRON CURTAIN.”
How to bypass the digital iron curtain
Doni O’Sullivan writes: “In the last few years, but especially in the last few weeks, Vladimir Putin has been reinforcing the new Iron Curtain – the digital one. this report about “AC360”,
I have spoken to hackers and activists in Poland and Ukraine who are working to get around this. One Pole who helped create a system to send text messages to Russians with real information about the war told me: “We knew that there are people all over the world who would like to do something, but since they cannot buy weapons and fight against Russia, we decided to let them use their phones.” He is part of the so-called “Squad 303″, online activists who are trying to share the truth one text at a time.”
>> Some Americans are also involved: O’Sullivan spoke to Titan Crawford, an Oregon truck salesman who corresponded for hours with the Russians. He said most of his messages go unanswered and some people tell him to leave, but others still get involved.
Russia persecutes journalists?
Jennifer Hansler of CNN writes
: “US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said in NPR interview
that the U.S. is “watching very closely” whether Russia deliberately persecutes journalists in Ukraine. At least three journalists covering the war in Ukraine have been killed in the past few days – Pierre Zakshevsky, Alexandra Kuvshinova and Brent Renault – and at least two have been seriously injured. “This is something that we carefully study, we document. Others are looking at it. Deliberately targeting civilians, journalists and others is a war crime,” Blinken said.
“A sign of what’s to come?” “Putin called pro-Western Russians ‘scum and traitors’, signaling a tightening of repression in the country.” (New York Times
— President Biden bluntly called Putin a “war criminal” on Wednesday, “after weeks of dodging the term,” writes Ashley Parker. The accusation was “seemingly spontaneous” after Fox reporter Jacqui Heinrich asked about it. (VaPo
— “CNN’s Erin Burnett wept Wednesday as she interviewed a Ukrainian whose wife and children were killed last week” during the attack, which was seen around the world thanks to photos by Lynsey Addario… (media
— On the latest episode of CNN’s “Tug of War” podcast, Anderson Cooper spoke with Sarah Sidner on several topics, including weaponizing the term “fake news”. This is a powerful conversation. (CNN)
— Marina Ovsyannikova’s live protest “highlighted a quiet but steady stream of resignations from Russia’s tightly controlled state television,” reports Paul Kirby. (BBC
— The recent shutdown of Russian state media was an unprecedented move by the social media giants “to stop the spread of disinformation.” And early signs “show it could work,” according to WaPo’s analysis of traffic data. (VaPo
— Charlotte Klein’s latest report on independent media: “Ukrainian and Russian journalists raise money to survive.” (Vanity Fair
— From Jennifer Rubin: “Ukraine shows that the press is the enemy of tyrants, not of the people.” (VaPo