In what can be seen as an act of resistance against Russia, people are posting fake Russian restaurant reviews to inform people about the invasion of Ukraine.
Monday, the Twitter account @YourAnonNews told people to go to Google Maps, search for Russia and review businesses or restaurants explaining what is happening in Ukraine.
Under the original post, the account gave an example of Russian text that people could use, which was also translated into English like: “The food was great! Unfortunately, Putin spoiled our appetite by invading Ukraine. Stand up to your dictator, stop killing innocent people! Your government is lying to you. Stand up!”
People in the reviews thought it was a great idea and even suggested giving establishments a five-star rating while they were reviewing.
“Leave 5-star reviews (unless it’s a Russian public company, then feel free to leave 1-star reviews). The goal is to convey information to the Russian civilian population to whom Putin lied,” one wrote.
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“I just gave 5 stars[s] and pasted the message. I gave about 20 reviews in and around Moscow. I hope peace will prevail. India love,” added another.
Someone else claiming to be a local guide wrote: “I just reviewed about 20 restaurants in Moscow on Google, and I’m a local guide, so reviews should come first. I’ll keep doing it. make.”
In a report from New York Times, Moscow authorities are amplifying censorship in the country “crushing some of the biggest tech companies in the world”.
Just last week, authorities warned platforms such as Twitter, Google, Meta (Facebook’s parent company), Apple and TikTok that they had to comply by the end of this month with “a new law that requires them to create legal entities in the countryside.”
The outlet notes that legal experts and civil society groups said the new law would make employees and businesses more vulnerable to the Russian legal system and government censorship.
Apple, TikTok and Spotify reportedly obeyed the landing law, according to Russian internet regulator Roskomnadzor. Google has also taken a few steps in this direction.
Twitter and Meta also followed some parts of the law, but not all.
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