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The United States and allies seized a Russian AI-driven propaganda network on social network X, linked to the FSB and a former RT editor. The operation used software like Meliorator to create fictitious users, or “souls,” to spread disinformation. The FBI obtained a court order to seize web domains used for email registration. FBI Director Wray highlighted this as a first in disrupting a Russian AI-enhanced bot farm aimed at influencing geopolitical narratives. The campaign’s effectiveness remains unclear, but it evaded X’s user verification by copying one-time passcodes.

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