Extremism

An Ezzedeen Al-Qassam Brigades (EQB) propaganda poster featured on Telegram. (Source: EQB)

Tue, Dec 12, 2023

How Palestinian militants use Telegram videos in the Mideast conflict

Palestinian militant factions appear to be operating with a high degree of technical coordination, producing uniformly branded propaganda videos with regularity.

by Michael Loadenthal

Conflict Extremism
Neo-Nazis march in front of Los Angeles City Hall, April 17, 2010. (Source: Lionel Hahn/ABACAPRESS.COM via Reuters Connect)

Wed, Sep 6, 2023

Anti-LGBTQ+ narratives connect disparate neo-fascist groups

Neo-Nazi groups are taking their online collaborations offline as they continue to threaten LGBTQ+ and Jewish communities

by Meghan Conroy and Jon Lewis

Extremism United States
People in Taunton, UK watch on a large screen the funeral service for Barnaby Webber, one of the victims of the Nottingham attack, July 14, 2023. (Source: Reuters)

Fri, Aug 4, 2023

Nottingham murders serve as rallying point for far-right UK influencers

Anti-immigrant influencers weaponized immigration status of the accused murderer to spread racist, Islamophobic rhetoric

by Meghan Conroy, Tessa Knight

Civil Society Europe
creenshot of May 4 Telegram video showing Wagner Group financier Yevgeny Prigozhin standing in front of dozens of dead soldiers {blurred] and excoriating Kremlin military leadership for not providing Wagner with adequate ammunition supplies. Warning: original source video contains graphic footage. (Source: Kyepka Prigozhina/archive)

Fri, May 5, 2023

Russian War Report: Prigozhin threatens Wagner withdrawal from Bakhmut

Wagner Group leader Yevgeny Prigozhin threatened to withdraw forces from Bakhmut following conflict with Russian military leadership over resources.

by Digital Forensic Research Lab

Screenshot of an animated video produced by the Wagner Group showing soldiers fighting French 'zombies' in West Africa.

Fri, Jan 20, 2023

Russian War Report: Wagner Group fights French ‘zombies’ in cartoon propaganda

Plus, more on Wagner's power struggles with the Russian defense ministry and Russia's apparent use of incendiary munitions in Kherson.

by Digital Forensic Research Lab

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy holds a national flag as he visits a position of Ukrainian service members in the frontline town of Bakhmut, Donetsk Oblast, December 20, 2022. (Source: Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via Reuters Connect)

Thu, Dec 22, 2022

2022 at the DFRLab: a year in review

In 2022, the Digital Forensic Research Lab investigated online harms and documented stories of resilience from Ukraine to Uvalde.

by Andy Carvin

Africa Americas

Thu, Sep 15, 2022

Notorious hate group website displayed prominently in Google search results

Google displays Patriot Front URL in search results sidebar despite blocking other racist website URLs from appearing there.

by Alyssa Kann

Electorate Extremism
BANNER: Nicholas Fuentes of far-right group America First speaks at an anti-vaccine protest in front of Pfizer world headquarters in New York, November 13, 2021. (Source: Reuters/Ron Adar /SOPA Images/Sipa USA)

Wed, May 25, 2022

Allegations of platform manipulation stir tensions in online white nationalist movement

Former associates of white nationalist podcaster Nicholas Fuentes allege Cozy TV manipulates view counts, though the truth is unclear.

by Jared Holt

Civil Society Digital Policy
(Source: Iria Puyosa/DFRLab via Gephi)

Wed, Mar 23, 2022

Understanding Telegram’s ecosystem of far-right channels in the US

DFRLab analysis of nearly 6,000 Telegram channels identified distinct “communities” ranging from MAGA supporters to QAnon

by Iria Puyosa, Esteban Ponce de León

Extremism Gephi
Instagram logo displayed on a phone screen and Russian flag displayed on a screen in the background are seen in this illustration photo taken in Krakow, Poland on March 14, 2022 (Photo illustration by Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto)NO USE FRANCE

Mon, Mar 21, 2022

Russian War Report: Meta officially declared “extremist organization” in Russia

Russia labeled Meta an "extremist organization," VKontakte got hacked, railways were sabotaged, and the Kremlin put on a concert to support the "military operation."

by Digital Forensic Research Lab

Photo of far-right football hooligans assembling in Przemyśl on March 1 to “protect” the city from non-Ukrainian refugees. The photo was circulated on far-right Polish Facebook pages.

Fri, Mar 11, 2022

False reports incite attacks on non-Ukrainian refugees in Poland

Polish right-wing party calls for extremist groups to protect citizens from “immigrants from outside Europe."

by Givi Gigitashvili

Central Europe CrowdTangle
People seen standing next to a generator while charging their phones at the Ukrainian-Polish border. Civilians fleeing the war in Ukraine for the safety of European border towns include citizens of African, Asian and Middle East countries.

Wed, Mar 2, 2022

Fake Telegram group urges Africans in Ukraine to wear armbands used by combatants

Misleading and racist Telegram groups emerge as accusations of racism by border authorities go viral on Twitter.

by Jean le Roux

Africa Conflict