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Category: Rest of World

May 5, 2020

By Benjamin Strick

Uncovering A Pro-Chinese Government Information Operation On Twitter and Facebook: Analysis Of The #MilesGuo Bot Network

An ongoing information operation is using a network of bots made up of newly created and stolen accounts to target a businessman, exiled from China, who has spoken critically of China’s response to COVID-19. Yet identifying the network has revealed a much larger operation amplifying content across multiple languages, platforms, countries, and topics, with links…

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April 3, 2020

By Robert Evans

How Coronavirus Disinformation Gets Past Social Media Moderators

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced social media companies to take a more active stance against disinformation. The most striking recent example came on March 31, when Facebook, Twitter and YouTube all banned videos from Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro. These videos featured Bolsonaro advising the use of an antimalarial, chloroquine, to treat the novel coronavirus. Charlie…

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March 25, 2020

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

The Coronavirus Disinformation System: How It Works

Besides viruses, what else is terribly contagious? Lies, of course. As the coronavirus pandemic engulfs the world, disinformation associated with the virus has taken on many forms. Whether it’s your uncle sending you a Tom Hanks meme at 4 a.m. or the current occupant of the White House lying about Barack Obama supposedly harming the…

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March 18, 2020

By Michael Colborne

Revealed: The Ukrainian Man Who Runs A Neo-Nazi Terrorist Telegram Channel

Even by the low standards of Telegram, an online messaging service that is sometimes described as “a safe haven for pro-terror Nazis”, the Ukrainian-language Telegram channel devoted to praising the Christchurch shooter is an ugly spectacle. The channel, which we will not name as to not promote it, is full of vicious racism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia…

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December 17, 2019

By Carlos Gonzales

Two Europol StopChildAbuse Images Geolocated: Part II — Cambodia

In the previous part of this investigation, we showed how a batch of images published by Europol, Group ImageG13, was geolocated to a small coastal village in southwest Madagascar. Based on the evidence discussed, it was determined that ImageG13 was most likely produced between January 2002 and March 2004. Given the number of hotels and…

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