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A Bugatti, a First Lady, and False Narratives Targeting American Audiences

Exposing the AI-Powered Operation Spreading Fake News Targeting US Election: Insider Investigation

A network of Russia-based websites masquerading as local American newspapers is pumping out fake stories as part of an AI-powered operation that is increasingly targeting the US election, a BBC investigation can reveal.

Former Florida police officer, John Mark Dougan, who now resides in Moscow, is one of the key figures behind this operation. The operation utilizes artificial intelligence to generate thousands of news articles that are posted on various websites with quintessentially American names, such as Houston Post, Chicago Crier, and Boston Times. These stories are attributed to fake journalists with made-up names and profiles, some even using profile pictures sourced from the internet.

The goal of this operation is to create and spread fake stories to influence US voters and sow distrust ahead of the November election. The stories often touch on topics of Ukrainian corruption, US aid spending, and American politics. For instance, one fake story alleged that the FBI wiretapped Donald Trump’s Florida resort, playing into Trump’s allegations of conspiracy against his campaign.

Experts warn that the operation poses a significant threat to the integrity of the US election, as the false narratives aim to influence public opinion and spread misinformation. The operation has also extended its reach to UK politics, with stories about the UK general election and Paris Olympics. Despite efforts to combat the spread of fake news, the operation continues to thrive, with plans to escalate its activities in the future.

John Mark Dougan’s involvement in the operation, along with evidence connecting him to the network’s websites, raises concerns about its potential impact on democratic processes. As the US election approaches, efforts to combat disinformation campaigns become crucial in safeguarding the democratic process.

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