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Spooky website to counter "Russian propaganda" backed by the Integrity Initiative.

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Started: 2 March 2014
Founder: Mohyla School of Journalism

Main focus: Ukraine, “Russian propaganda”

StopFake is a website focused on the Ukraine. It was supported by the UK Deep state's Integrity Initiative (II) and Alina Mosendz of the took part in the II campaign to prevent Pedro Baños from being appointed Director of the Spanish Department of Homeland Security.[1]

Official narrative

"Fact-checking website was launched on March 2, 2014 by alums and students of Mohyla School of Journalism and Digital Future of Journalism professional program for journalists and editors. At a later stage the initial team was joined by many journalists, marketing specialists, programmers, translators and all those who care about the fate of our country and its people. The main purpose of this community is to check facts, verify information and refute distorted information and propaganda about events in Crimea covered in the media media. The number of volunteers is constantly growing to help to verify information, to write, to edit and translate stories. community does not represent or support any political party or other organization. "[2]


The domain name was registered on 2 March 2014 and the site was posted on 5 March. By 7 March it had at least 10 posts.[2]


Include Robert van der Noordaa and Dan Kaszeta.


A June 2018 [[IIL|leaked] document from the Integrity Initiative noted that |format=inline |subjects=Bellingcat |text=[StopFake] has been criticised for a monomaniacal fixation on Russian hybrid warfare, but its work has been widely praised. |source_name=Integrity Initiative/Leak/7#UpskillingToUpscaleReport_CapacityofCivilSocietytoCounterDisinformation_ June2018_RestrictedAccess_June2018 (1).pdf }}


On 6 March 2014, Brian Ries wrote an article entitled Is Like a 'Snopes' for Ukraine.[3] In 2017, Andrew E. Kramer reported on it in the New York Times.[4]


Related Quotations

Corporate media/Deep state control“Expand the network of IfS associates and partner organisations to include e.g. DarthPutin, GlasnostGone, StopFake, European Values, Saper Vedere, and coordinate their efforts to mirror and amplify what IfS is already doing where possible.”Victor Madeira16 March 2018
Integrity Initiative/Control“Comment [VM2]: Most of these aren’t even Cluster countries – can II justify spending ££ on strengthening media there? Don’t get me wrong: any help we can provide these and other colleagues is a win in my books but I’m trying to anticipate how the Sponsor may see the relevance of speakers from some of these countries.”Victor Madeira16 March 2018
Integrity Initiative/Purposes“The Italian reactions to Skripal case highlight and confirm a pattern already present in a previous report: pro-Russian sentiments in Italy are mainly inflated not by trolls or fake news but thanks to a large network encompassing politicians, journalists, media, websites etc. already aligned with Russian narrative... To counter this Italian trend it's important to properly address the key political leaders, their new populist parties, and key editorialists, by an effective, discrete and articulated information campaign and narrative and not to be exclusively focused on trolls and fake news.”Integrity Initiative16 March 2018