| Marianna Spring |
(journalist, propagandist, presenter, spook?)
|Born||21 February 1996|
|Alma mater||Oxford University/Pembroke College|
|Interests|| • conspiracy theories|
• fake news
• “hate speech”
• internet censorship
• social media
|Interest of||"Philip Cross"|
She studied French and Russian at Pembroke College, Oxford, where she wrote for the college newspaper, working in France and Russia in her year out, as a journalist for The Moscow Times, The Local and Le Tarn Libre.
Kit Klarenberg pointed out that "Her LinkedIn profile has been cached by the Internet Archive suspiciously few times since its creation, suggesting certain captures may have been scrubbed upon request."
Marianna In Conspiracyland
"In June 2023, the podcaster Carl Benjamin complained to the BBC and Ofcom that Spring was "actively promoting disinformation" about him in her Radio 4 series, "Marianna In Conspiracyland He posted on Twitter that she had "completely fabricated" several statements about him, including that his tactics included rape threats and that his YouTube channel was suspended. To disprove the second point, he gave a link to his YouTube Channel which was operating normally. He commented that he was shocked by the extreme nature of Spring's fabrications." In March 2023 she was the BBC’s Disinformation and Social Media Correspondent:
- Introducing the new service on the BBC Breakfast morning show, “disinformation and social media correspondent” Marianna Spring gave a flavour of what was in store. The BBC’s own, all-too-visible failings appeared far from her thoughts.
- She drew digital arrows on a screen, creating a sinister network of ties between “far-right figures” with “foreign links” on one side, and a “UK conspiracy movement” and “alternative media” on the other.
- If anyone assumed BBC/Verify would be scrutinising the long track record of the BBC and the rest of the UK’s establishment media in misleading audiences, they look set to be sorely disappointed. Even Spring’s job title connects disinformation specifically to social media rather than to the so-called “legacy media” to which she belongs.
In September 2023 The New European published a story which highlighted a past episode in which Spring had lied on her CV. The paper alleges that five years ago, Spring wanted to work as a Moscow correspondent for the US-based outlet Coda Story and noted on the CV:
- "June 2018: Reported on International News during the World Cup, specifically the perception of Russia, with BBC correspondent Sarah Rainsford."
“Telling me you are a brilliant reporter who exercises integrity and honesty when you have literally demonstrated the opposite was a terrible idea,”
Natalia Antelava (2018) 
Declining Marianna Spring's request to join Coda Story after she discovered Spring had lied on her CV.
A Document by Marianna Spring
|Title||Document type||Publication date||Subject(s)||Description|
|Document:I get abuse and threats online - why can't it be stopped?||Article||18 October 2021||BBC|
Center for Countering Digital Hate
|The Disinformation Specialist at the BBC gets criticism online for her "fact checking". Internet censorship is the answer.|
- "The BBC isn’t exposing disinformation. It’s peddling it"