Russian Digital Media and the Information Ecosystem in Turkey
4 April 2019
In recent years, Russian digital information operations, including disinformation, fake news, and election meddling have assumed prominence in international news and scholarly research outlets. A simple Google Trends query shows us that ‘fake news’ as a term enters into global mainstream lexicon starting with October 2016, peaking in the immediate aftermath of the US Presidential Election in November. Since then, disinformation has been largely synonymous with Russian digital information operations in the West, and a number of empirical research projects have begun focusing on the impact of information warfare on elections and political behavior.
Akin Unver explores the Russian digital media's impact on the information ecosystem in Turkey in this report. The report became one of the largest digital disinformation studies ever conducted and explores 4 years of Russian disinformation operations in Turkey through more than 173 million digital content.