5 March 2024, 14:30-15:30

In our webinar on 5 March, DFRLab’s Roman Osadchuk guided us through an investigation that uncovered the largest information operation on TikTok to date pushing disinformation about Ukraine.

A joint investigation by DFRLab and BBC Verify revealed a large network of fake TikTok accounts that spanned thousands of videos and hundreds of thousands of subscribers that garnered millions of views. The multi-language operation targeted Ukrainian officials, including zelenskyy_official and former Ukranian defense minister Oleksii Reznikov, accusing them of funneling aid to purchase luxury goods. TikTok confirmed the scale of the operation and attribution to Russia. While the disinformation originated on TikTok, it quickly spread to other platforms and pro-Kremlin media around the world.

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Roman Osadchuk, Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab)

Roman Osadchuk is a Research Associate for the Eurasia region at the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab) with over four years of experience, where his research focuses on disinformation in Ukraine and neighboring countries. He is the author of multiple investigations and reports on disinformation, influence campaigns, and computational propaganda, which uncover the tactics and techniques of malign actors. Roman is also a senior lecturer at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy.


Ana Romero Vicente, Researcher, EU DisinfoLab

Ana Romero-Vicente works as a researcher at EU DisinfoLab, where she analyses and counters disinformation from different angles. She is apprised of the Spanish disinformation landscape and has published several international investigations on the monetisation of disinformation. She currently addresses mis/disinformation about climate change and monitors audio-visual social networks such as YouTube and TikTok. With a master’s degree in Journalism, Ana’s professional profile has always been very versatile. She has worked as a financial journalist, has been involved in EU Election Observation Missions and worked as a communication expert for EU-funded projects during her stay of 14 years in Brussels.

The opinions expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of EU DisinfoLab. This webinar does not represent an endorsement by EU DisinfoLab of any organisation.