Is Ukraine using paid actors for propaganda?
08 March 2022 | 3:34 pm
Some posts on social media claim that Ukraine is using ‘crisis actors’ to stage online footage of the conflict. This term is often used in conspiracy theories, when actors pretend to be victims in breaking news events. In most cases, the origin of these videos is completely unrelated to the current crisis in Ukraine.
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