The data analyzed in this report is relevant for January 1 – March 31, 2022.

In this analysis, we were interested in discovering the most viral Romanian Facebook content related to a number of state actors and international organizations relevant for Romania: the EU, NATO, the US, Germany, France, the UK, Israel, Russia, China, Ukraine.

Our Center extracted data using CrowdTangle, a public insights tool owned and operated by Facebook.

Here are some of the findings:

  • The 3-month period at the beginning of 2022 was naturally dominated by the development of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, reflected both in high-engagement official institutional messages (such as those of the Romanian President) and in visible alternative explanations from anti-Western influencers.
  • The influence of several established Eurosceptic voices was diminished compared to 2021.