Propaganda

A man holds a Russian flag an orange and black "Z" symbol during the annual Immortal Regiment march in Moscow on Victory Day, May 9, 2022. The websites investigated in this report used the same version of the Z symbol in their online promotional materials. (Source: STR/NurPhoto via Reuters Connect)

Wed, Feb 21, 2024

Pro-Russia network spreads propaganda and disinfo in Latin America

Multi-platform operation amplifying Kremlin-aligned narratives published content in Portuguese and Spanish

by Beatriz Farrugia

Brazil Brazil

Thu, Feb 15, 2024

US celebrities unwittingly recruited to undermine Moldova’s president

Pro-Russian propagandists solicited US celebrities on Cameo to record videos calling for the downfall of Moldovan President Maia Sandu

by Victoria Olari

Deceptive Content Manipulation Disinformation
generative art rendering of a swarm of bees surrounding the face of an elephant

Wed, Jan 24, 2024

How Ukraine fights Russian disinformation: Beehive vs mammoth

Best practices in countering Russian disinformation, propaganda and information aggression, based on interviews with nearly two dozen Ukrainian practitioners

by Jakub Kalenský, Roman Osadchuk

Civil Society Digital Policy

Thu, Dec 21, 2023

DFRLab research highlights from 2023

From the war in Ukraine to the ongoing crisis in the Middle East, the DFRLab's international team of researchers investigated information operations and online harms around the world

by Andy Carvin, Layla Mashkoor

China Conflict
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 Dr. Michael Loadenthal

Conflict Extremism
USAID Administrator Samantha Power speaks to the media as she visits an aid center for refugees from Nagorno-Karabakh in the border village of Kornidzor, Armenia, September 26, 2023. REUTERS/Irakli Gedenidze

Thu, Dec 7, 2023

Russian and Azerbaijani pro-government outlets exploit Georgian USAID narratives

Outlets exploited Georgian government claims to push narratives blaming the US for organizing civil unrest in Georgia and running spies in Azerbaijan

by Eto Buziashvili

Armenia Azerbaijan
FILE PHOTO: A police officer stands in front of a damaged building, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in the town of Avdiivka, Donetsk region, Ukraine October 17, 2023. REUTERS/Yevhen Titov/File Photo

Thu, Nov 2, 2023

Russian War Report: Russia just lost the most troops in a single battle so far in 2023

In Ukriane, fighting over the strategically important town of Avdiivka has led to heavy Russian losses. In Armenia, Russian propaganda is targeting the Armenian government.

by Digital Forensic Research Lab

Detail from ISIS article, "Practical Steps to Fight the Jews."

Thu, Nov 2, 2023

Accounts on Facebook, TikTok spread ISIS call for violence against Jewish targets

Accounts openly shared publication advocating offline violence, which continues to circulate on both platforms

by Digital Forensic Research Lab

Content Moderation Policies Facebook
Hamas's al-Qassam Brigades train with paragliders as they prepare for an armed air assault, in this screengrab obtained from a social media video released on October 7, 2023. (Source: Izz el-Deen al-Qassam Brigades via Telegram/Reuters)

Thu, Oct 12, 2023

In Israel-Hamas conflict, social media become tools of propaganda and disinformation

An endless flood of false, misleading, and unverified information risks inflaming the conflict.

by Dina Sadek, Layla Mashkoor

Conflict Disinformation

Tue, Sep 5, 2023

Former Jordan MP promotes anti-LGBTQ+ Twitter campaign

Escalation in anti-LGBTQ+ activity takes place as Jordan adopts draconian amendments to cybercrime law

by Dina Sadek

Disinformation Government

Thu, Aug 17, 2023

Prigozhin-owned media outlets experienced narrative whiplash during and after Wagner mutiny

Online outlets operated by Prigozhin’s Patriot Media Group initially supported his actions, but switched to pro-Putin rhetoric once the mutiny ended

by Givi Gigitashvili

Conflict Disinformation
Wagner chief Yevgeny Prigozhin leaves the headquarters of the Southern Military District amid the group's pullout from the city of Rostov-on-Don, Russia, June 24, 2023. (Source: Reuters/Alexander Ermochenko)

Thu, Aug 17, 2023

How Russian pro-war Telegram channels addressed the Wagner mutiny

Wagner-affiliated Telegram channels saw tremendous growth as some pro-war channels vacillated on which side to support

by Givi Gigitashvili, Ani Mejlumyan, Roman Osadchuk

Propaganda Russia