According to one IT expert based in Kyiv, Ukrainians increasingly turn to encrypted messaging services to counter Russian disinformation.
Ilyas Verdiev, speaking in the latest Sky News Ukraine War Diaries podcast, stated that while many people worldwide rely on digital news platforms to report war, many Ukrainians are avoiding these news outlets.
They are concerned that Russian disinformation efforts could infect online platforms.
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Ilyas says, “This fake news war has become huge.”
“Clearly, the internet has taken over us.
“Telegram is becoming a social network.” It is very popular in post-Soviet nations.
Telegram, a messenger service that is owned by Facebook, has been a popular alternative for WhatsApp. Telegram’s broadcasting function is used by many organised groups, including political activists as a way to send out newsletters to supporters and subscribers.
Ilyas says that Telegram’s key feature is its encryption and security. He has been working since the war to secure Ukraine’s digital infrastructure for 40 years.
“You must filter all news and subscriptions you receive.”
In recent years, instant encrypted messaging platforms have seen a rapid increase in usage. Telegram claims it has more than 700 million users around the world.
Ilyas also explains how citizens in Ukraine are trying to disinformation out.
IT specialists have been able to find reliable independent reporting.
He continues, “There’s only one channel that I read.” “This guy is from Kyiv. He is very good at analytics.
“At the beginning, even before full-scale invasion, he was writing of the possible war. He said that it wasn’t going to be quick and that you have to prepare for that.
“These words helped to make me more realistic about the situation.”
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