On social media the influence of bloggers, also referred to as civil journalists, has become a factor to reckon with.
If you live in a Western country your brain has been inundated with claims about attempts by the ‘Putin regime’ in trying to undermine your values, beliefs, media choices and democracy. This article is a modest attempt to examine the other side of the story.
Interviewers Francisco ‘Kit’ Tatad and Ariel Ayala discussing the tragedy of the Malaysian Boeing with Max van der Werff.
17 September 2018
Dear friends and haters, exciting times for me as out of the closet Kremlin Troll!
Two of my previous articles discussed studies pretending to dissect trolls disrupting the honest flow of information about the MH17 debate. In Weaponizing info about MH17 I dissected a study published by Chatham House and Dutch journos trolling Russia is about some outlandish claims by Dutch weekly De Groene Amsterdammer.
Today was a remarkable day. For the first time the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation held a press conference about the MH17 case in which it took a pro-active stance, instead as previously, responding to challenges from its ‘partners’.
Mentioning of my two articles related to the trolling phenomenon was done on purpose and I will now explain why. Here’s the [36min53secs] video of the press conference.
13 September 2018
Analyzing tweets about MH17 has been the latest tool used to ‘prove’ foul play by Russia when it comes to injecting false information about the downing of the Malaysian Boeing in the Western public domain. Continue reading
September 2, 2018
Author: Max van der Werff
August 29, 2018 Dutch weekly De Groene Amsterdammer published:
July 15, 2018. Original article at Novini.nl
By Eric van de Beek
Who brought down MH17? For the Dutch government it is certain that the Russian military is to blame. But according to researcher Max van der Werff there is every reason to doubt. “Based on the evidence that has been made public, I still cannot reach any definitive conclusion.”
7 November 2017
“MH17 Witness appeal”
Dutch police on the 19th of October 2017 open sourced an image showing a Buk Telar. Information given about the photograph: “probably taken on July 17, 2014 in the town of Makeevka, Ukraine”. (Source)
The appeal: “JIT requests anyone who has any kind of information about the picture, the vehicles on it and the location where the picture was taken to contact the JIT.”