United States

Wed, Mar 29, 2023

TikTok in the dock

Whether or not the US bans TikTok, the real issue is the danger presented by all social media platforms as they currently operate, argues Atlantic Council Nonresident Senior Fellow Seth Stodder.

by Seth Stodder

Digital Policy Politics & Diplomacy

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
US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi waves while leaving the parliament in Taipei, Taiwan, August 3, 2022.

Tue, Sep 13, 2022

How Chinese social media reacted to Nancy Pelosi’s Taiwan visit

Interest in Pelosi visit skyrocketed on Weibo before news fatigue set in.

by Digital Forensic Research Lab

China Disinformation
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
DFRLab Democracy + Tech Initiative Director Rose Jackson testifies before the US Senate, December 9, 2021.

Fri, Dec 10, 2021

Democracy + Tech Initiative Director Rose Jackson Testifies to Senate

Rose Jackson, Director of the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab)’s Democracy & Tech Initiative testified to the Senate Subcommittee on Communications, Media, and Broadband’s Thursday hearing on Disrupting Dangerous Algorithms: Addressing the Harms of Persuasive Technology.

United States United States and Canada

Thu, Dec 3, 2020

#StopTheSteal protest website tied to extremist-linked activist’s digital marketing firm

Website directed people to event information,

Elections Government

Fri, Mar 6, 2020

Coronavirus used to stoke fear of NATO exercise in Europe

Anti-NATO activists claim NATO troops will spread COVID-19 as a result of the ongoing exercise

Europe Security

Fri, Feb 7, 2020

U.S.-Russian troop stand-off in northeastern Syria

U.S. troops denied a Russian patrol access to a town in northeastern Syria, far from Assad regime territory

Security United States

Fri, Jan 31, 2020

Anti-Biden hashtag amplified by opposite political audiences

Supporters of Sanders, Trump, and other candidates all contributed to the hashtag’s rise on Twitter

Government United States

Fri, Jan 17, 2020

Russian media pushed U.S. drone conspiracy related to plane crash in Iran

The unfounded theory blamed a U.S. drone strike for downing the Ukrainian Airlines Flight 752 near Tehran

Security United States

Mon, Oct 28, 2019

Erdogan’s possible plans to forego more U.S. F-16s for Russian Su-35s

Turkey may choose the Russian’s F-35 competitor instead of continuing to purchase F-16’s, since the United States cancelled its F-35 program participation

Security United States

Thu, Oct 24, 2019

Facebook takes down Iranian assets, some targeting Latin American audiences

Iran-based assets targeted audiences in Latin America and the United States with pro-Iranian messaging

Social Media United States