US Ambassador to Greece Jeffrey Payette presented the DisinfoHacks, project aimed at combating misinformation. According to him, the project will be funded by the Department's Global Engagement Center.
"Disinformation has emerged as one of the greatest challenges that our democracies confront. Just last week, Secretary of State Blinken, my boss, was here in Europe for the NATO and OSCE ministerials".— mentioned Jeffrey Payette
He publicly stressed that he considered “a massive Russian disinformation campaign” underway to try to convince publics that Ukraine poses a threat to Russia and is somehow seeking confrontation with its much larger neighbor".
According to him, this disinformation is part of the Kremlin's tools to justify aggression and potential invasion.DisinfoHacks is designed to be an important tool in supporting democracy in the fight against disinformation, malicious cyber activity, malicious influence and one of the key tools in the protection of human rights and the fight against corruption.
Earlier, team iDemocracy repeatedly reported on the facts of recording the spread of misinformation in the temporarily occupied territories of Luhansk and Donetsk regions, as well as in the Crimea, and the spread of anti-Ukrainian narratives about "separating" Ukraine from Donbass.
At the same time, the US diplomat noted that the launch of DisinfoHacks is just on time, because according to the reports of NGOs participating in the Summit for Democracy, the level of democracy has dropped significantly globally.
Let us recall that representatives of iDemocracy also joined Summit for Democracy.