Russia Update: Defense Ministry Plans New Computer Programs to Monitor, Analyze Social Media

January 29, 2015
President Vladimir Putin with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. Photo by Mikhail Mettsel/TASS

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Russia’s Defense Ministry is launching a new program to monitor and analyze social media that has experts concerned about its overreach.