Together with its regional partners, Political Capital examined unusual online behavior in the V4 countries between February 21 and March 31 regarding the war in Ukraine and announced the results, reports Átlátszó.
The vast majority of unnatural patterns of behavior in the V4 countries promote Kremlin propaganda, with the only exception being Slovakia, where “trolls” have been detected promoting pro-Western themes.
One striking feature that the study revealed was that dozens, and at times hundreds, of users will repeat identical phrases in post comments, suggesting a coordinated network of activity.
The strongest presence of this online troll army is in Hungary, the study found. During the election campaign, the most common refrain by these posters was to tell people to vote for Fidesz if they wanted peace in the shadow of the Ukrainian war.
The report points out that Facebook is not really doing anything to curb such trolling in the V4 countries, which are considered small markets to the social media giant. [Telex]