Thousands of people are flooding Google with fake restaurant reviews to tell people in Russia what’s actually happening in Ukraine.
The stunt comes after masked online ‘hacktivist’ group Anonymous encouraged people to leave reviews for Russian businesses as a way to cut through the state propaganda.
“Go to Google Maps. Go to Russia. Find a restaurant or business and write a review. When you write the review, explain what is happening in Ukraine,” the group told its 7.6 million Twitter followers on Monday.
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The group, which has told people to leave five star reviews, also posted a suggested message, which read: “The food was great! Unfortunately, Putin spoiled our appetites by invading Ukraine. Stand up to your dictator, stop killing innocent people! Your government is lying to you. Get up!”
This tweet alone was retweeted over 24,000 times, and has sparked an online trend. People have taken hold of the idea and are now offering their own suggestions of how to share well-hidden and direct messages.
The online activism comes as Anonymous posted an ominous public message to Putin stating: “Members of Anonymous have declared Cyberware against [Putin’s] aggressive regime.”