According to cybersecurity researchers at Microsoft, Russian propagandists used the popular platform Cameo to disseminate celebrity videos that were manipulated to support their misinformation campaigns. These videos, featuring American celebrities like Elijah Wood and Mike Tyson, were edited to appear as if they were attacking Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The manipulated videos, which included emojis and links, were widely shared on pro-Russian social media channels and amplified by Russian media outlets. The Microsoft researchers observed at least seven of these manipulated videos since late July 2023. The videos were edited to resemble interviews with news outlets or the celebrities' own social media accounts, making it seem like they were part of a plea to Zelensky to seek help for substance abuse. The Russian embassy in the US did not respond to requests for comment, and the celebrities named in the report have not commented either. Cameo stated that such videos would violate their Community Guidelines, and they would take steps to remove the content and suspend the purchaser's account if violations are substantiated.
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