Happenstance: Utilizing Semantic Search to Track Russian State Media Narratives about the Russo-Ukrainian War On Reddit


In this work, we study the most prominent disinformation narratives being touted by the Russian government to English-speaking audiences. To do this we perform topic analysis using the large-language model MPNet on articles published by nine different Russian disinformation websites and the new Russian “fact-checking” website waronfakes.com. We then map Reddit comments to the topics being promoted by these disinformation websites.

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