East Africa

Mon, Mar 21, 2022

Sudanese protester run over by anti-riot police near local police station

Eyewitness footage shows unmarked transport vehicle carrying police running over protester north of Khartoum.

by Tessa Knight and Lujain Alsedeg

Africa Civil Society
Facebook logo displayed on a phone screen and Russian flag displayed on a screen in the background.

Wed, Mar 2, 2022

Russian War Report: Social platforms crack down on Kremlin media as Kremlin demands compliance

Google, Meta, and Twitter are taking action against Russian state-owned media accounts to limit the spread of harmful information online.

by Digital Forensic Research Lab

Thu, Feb 24, 2022

Russian War Report: Belarus joins conflict against Ukraine

The Council's open-source researchers break down the Kremlin's latest moves online and on the battlefield in its war in Ukraine.

by Digital Forensic Research Lab

The US Capitol, January 6, 2021.

Mon, Dec 20, 2021

2021: DFRLab’s year in review

The DFRLab's 2021 year in review: disinformation campaigns, troll farms, troop buildups, vaccine rumors, a failed insurrection, and more.

by Andy Carvin

Belarus COVID-19
(Source: REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah)

Thu, Oct 28, 2021

Sudanese Facebook network promoting paramilitary group removed month before coup

Inauthentic FB assets linked to Sudan’s Rapid Support Forces operated for years; some admins based in Saudi Arabia and the UAE

by Tessa Knight

Conflict East Africa
(Source: REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah//File Photo)

Wed, Oct 27, 2021

Geolocated footage capture chaotic scenes following Sudan military coup

Sudanese citizens protest military coup and dissolution of transitional government following arrest of civilian leadership

by Tessa Knight, Michael J. Sheldon

Civil Society Democratic Transitions
Yevgeny Prighozin.

Thu, Jun 3, 2021

Inauthentic Facebook assets promoted Russian interests in Sudan

Network with links to Russia’s Internet Research Agency promoted oligarch Yevgeny Prigozhin and Russian naval presence in Sudan

by Tessa Knight

Democratic Transitions Facebook
Protesters marching against the conflict in Tigray hold placards with the hashtag #TigrayGenocide in New York City on March 25, 2021. (Source: Reuters/John Lamparski/SIPA USA)

Fri, Apr 23, 2021

Ethiopian diaspora groups organize click-to-tweet Tigray campaigns amid information scarcity

Social media campaigns promoted pro-government and anti-conflict narratives to capture attention from an international audience.

by Tessa Knight

Africa Conflict
A man walks past a graffiti of Ugandan opposition presidential candidate Bobi Wine in Kampala, Uganda, January 17, 2021. (Source: REUTERS/Baz Ratner)

Mon, Feb 22, 2021

Prominent Ugandan news websites implicated in government-aligned social media campaign

Websites implicated in Facebook takedown that involved government employees engaging in coordinated inauthentic behavior.

by Tessa Knight, Alyssa Kann

Africa Disinformation
Banner: Supporters of Uganda’s ruling National Resistance Movement party drive around Kampala on boda bodas (motorcycles) following the announcement that Yoweri Museveni has won the sixth term as president. Uganda’s elections, on January 14, 2021, were the most tense in decades. (Photo by Sally Hayden / SOPA Images/Sipa USA via Reuters Connect)

Wed, Feb 10, 2021

Facebook removes inauthentic assets linked to Ugandan government

Facebook removed content engaging in coordinated inauthentic behavior six days before Uganda’s presidential election.

by Tessa Knight

Africa Brigading
In this photo from the 2016 Ugandan presidential election, Uganda’s President and the presidential candidate Yoweri Museveni of the ruling party National Resistance Movement (NRM) waves to his supporters as he arrives at a campaign rally in Entebbe, Uganda, February 10, 2016. (Source: REUTERS/James Akena TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Mon, Jan 11, 2021

Social media disinformation campaign targets Ugandan presidential election

Facebook takes down pro-government network after investigation inspired by DFRLab research; Twitter also removes suspicious accounts.

by Tessa Knight

Africa Business
BANNER: Ugandan presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine, reacts from inside a police van, in Luuka district, Uganda, November 18, 2020. (Source: REUTERS/Abubaker Lubowa)

Wed, Dec 9, 2020

Pro-government accounts use old images to depict Ugandan protesters as hooligans

Twitter campaign ensured anti-protester hashtag trended in Uganda after protests broke out following arrest of a presidential candidate

by Tessa Knight

Africa Brigading