Twitter deletes thousands of SNS and Vucic related bot accounts

Another common target are any opposition parties or organisations identified as being against the government.

One such organisation is Don’t Drown Belgrade (NDB). The group came about as a reaction to the government’s controversial plans to rejuvenate Belgrade’s waterfront, and illegal demolitions connected to it.

“This blow to the regime propaganda machine is significant because it clearly shows there are limits and that the SNS army cannot endlessly promote fake news, slander, and place targets on people’s heads,” says the NDB’s Miloš Budimir.

“The government is aware that in an atmosphere of control and media abuse, social networks can play a big part in the timely and truthful informing of citizens, so, when it can’t control what is published, it promotes fake news using bot accounts,” adds Mr Budimir.