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At the beginning of February 2022, #Biden warned that "if #Russia invades #Ukraine with tanks and troops, then there will be no more #NordStream2"
#ItsDone #NordStream: Fourth leak found as Russia and West trade blame over alleged sabotage of gas pipeline | Sep 29
- #EU and #US have stopped to directly accusing Russia, a #Kremlin official was rebuked after hinting that #Washington was #responsible.
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3.3M views for this video by @EuromaidanPress:

"American ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ infantry fighting vehicles M2 Bradley are spotted in Poland ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ [...] toward the Ukrainian border ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ. "

TRUE โœ… or FALSE โŒ? Investigate! ๐Ÿงต๐Ÿ‘‡ 1/...

#Verification ๐ŸŽฅ
#GeoLocation ๐ŸŒ
#HowToOSINT ๐Ÿง
@EuromaidanPress The exact location of the video is difficult to find due to the limited visual elements in the background. ๐Ÿ˜ข

But it's admittedly plausible that the video was shot in Poland. How do we know this? ๐Ÿ‘‡2/...
@EuromaidanPress On the locomotive we read PKP Cargo ๐ŸŸจ, which is the largest rail freight carrier in Poland ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ.

We find a picture of a PKP-locomotive with the same serial number ST44-1232 ๐ŸŸฅ.

The road sign in the video ๐ŸŸฉ corresponds to the Polish W9 sign for train signals. 3/...
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Hey #OSINT๐Ÿ•ต, let's create our OWN Internet Archive/The Wayback Machine. Shall we?

#verification #archive #archivetwt #internet #InternetMarketing #journalism #journalist #journal #Fact #FactCheck #Factcheckers

Follow the thread ๐Ÿงต๐Ÿ‘‡
Today the Internet Archive has a collection of nearly 625 billion web pages, 38 million books and texts, 14 million audio recordings, 7 million videos (including 2 million Television News programs), 4 million images, 790,000 software programs and more.

#journalism #journalist
With all due respect, we donโ€™t need all the data thatโ€™s been recorded by the Internet Archive. Usually people save pages on the Wayback Machine that are relevant to them.

So let's use 'Archive Box' @ArchiveBoxApp to make our own archive.

#Fact #FactCheck #Factcheckers
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Hey #OSINT #geolocation #verification ๐Ÿ•ต๏ธโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ•ต๏ธโ€โ™‚๏ธ, let's solve a geolocation challenge. Blast from the past. ๐Ÿค“

Finding Luther โ€” An OSINT Geo location Challenge. ๐Ÿงต
Step 1: This time I wanted to approach this zero knowledge target differently. So the first thing that I did was to reverse search the image. I got few results on Google & Yandex. Even they pointed out the season and episode number of Luther. #OSINT #geolocation #verification
Step 2: Hereโ€™s a tip (if you didnโ€™t know already), IMDB, Rotten Tomatoes, Fandom Wiki pages could be super useful when you are investigating movies or TV shows.
#OSINT #geolocation #verification ๐ŸŒ
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"Ukrainians ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ in the World Cup of Qatar ๐Ÿ‡ถ๐Ÿ‡ฆ arrested for spreading Nazi symbols."

This "report from Al Jazeera" gets 391K views on Telegram. ๐Ÿ˜ฒ

Fake or real? Let's investigate!๐Ÿงต๐Ÿ‘‡1/...

#Verification ๐Ÿ“ฝ๏ธ
#GeoLocation ๐ŸŒ
#HowToOSINT ๐Ÿง
#WorldcupQatar2022 โšฝ๏ธ Image
"Three drunken Ukrainian supporters were arrested in Qatar. The reason? They made a Nazi salute and vandalised posters at the Al Bayt stadium by drawing a Hitler moustache on the World Cup mascot La'eeb. When arrested, they showed no resistance."

Source: @AlJazeera Really? ๐Ÿค”2/ Image
@AlJazeera The video features Al Jazeera's official logo ๐Ÿ‘†, has high quality and looks professionally made.

Any video on (right) has an almost identical layout to the video circulating on social media (left). 3/... Image
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#RIPTwitter mit Hintergrund รœberlegungen, oder der Tread zum Ende der Twitter 2.0 Welt auf Deutsch๐Ÿงต

#Musk irrt in Gewichtung Code vs Human Capital. รœber Jahrzehnte gewachsene IT Infrastruktur Systeme kรถnnen nicht rebootet werden, wie Smartphones. Mitarbeiter System Know How kann nur langsam ersetzt werden. Twitter ist IT Backbone Verfรผgbarkeit, nicht hippe Code Genialitรคt. 2/6
Die Werbe-Einnahmen bei Twitter boten Kunden Image Effekten, nicht klassischer Multiplikation. Industrie wirbt auf Twitter, wie sie Kultur fรถrdert. Nicht als Werbung, sondern als ergรคnzende Image Aktivitรคt. Zentrales Anliegen sind Brand Safety & Reputation โ–ถ๏ธ Twitter Image. 3/6
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Hey #OSINT, here's an ultimate list of resources for REVERSE IMAGE SEARCH ๐ŸŽ‘๐ŸŒƒ๐Ÿ•ต๐Ÿ•ต๏ธโ€โ™€๏ธ #verification #geolocation

A thread ๐Ÿงต
6. Yandex Images -

7. Remove Bg -

8. Reverse -

9. OCR -

10. Ali Price -

#verification #geolocation #OSINT
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"Happy Birthday for Vladimir Putin from Belgium ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช" from men in army uniform with guns. ๐Ÿค”

Let's investigate this deleted TikTok-video. ๐Ÿงต๐Ÿ‘‡1/...

#Verification ๐Ÿ“ฝ๏ธ
#GeoLocation ๐ŸŒ
#HowToOSINT ๐Ÿง
This is the video. ๐Ÿ“ฝ๏ธ๐Ÿ‘€ 2/...

Is this a real video shot in Belgiumโ“

The video was previously uploaded on the social networking site TikTok on the account '@batyab.e.a.r', we can tell by the caption with the TikTok logo ๐ŸŸจ. 3/...
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#MiCA was not the only proposal completed last week, as ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บ institutions also finalised the Transfers-of-Funds Regulation (TFR).

The #TFR is meant to implement the @FATFWatch's #travelrule for transfers of #cryptoassets in the EU.

As always, check our ๐Ÿงตfor details:

First, a bit of #context:

The original Transfers-of-Funds Regulation was established in 2015 and introduced the requirement for financial institutions to accompany each #transfer of funds with verified information about the originator and beneficiary of the transfer.

As part of its 2020 Action Plan on preventing #moneylaundering and #terrorism financing, the @EU_Commission put forward a legislative proposal for a recast of the original #TFR text with the main objective of expanding traceability requirements to crypto-assets.

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11.8M views for a TikTok of "a mosquito ๐ŸฆŸ with a number on its back". ๐Ÿ˜ฒ

Is Bill Gates involved? (Spoiler: no.) Investigate! ๐Ÿงต๐Ÿ‘‡1/...

#Verification ๐ŸŽฅ
#HowToOSINT ๐Ÿง

#BillGates #TikTok #FactCheck #Weird
The Russian caption (albeit with typo) on this viral video reads: 'Guys who know where the numbers on mosquitoes come from (?)'.

Good question! Let's start with some basic Google... 2/...โ€ฆ
To find out the origin of the images, we google part of the Russian inscription.

So we come to an article on the Kazakh news site Ekspress.

That article features the same video and situates it in Kazakhstan. ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฟ3/...
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On Facebook and Twitter hundreds of thousands saw a video of "Queen Elizabeth feeding vulnerable kids...๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ"

Is this #QueenElizabeth "feeding humans as if they are animals"?

Let's find out! ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿงต1/...

#Verification ๐Ÿ“ฝ๏ธ
#HowToOSINT ๐Ÿง
We take a screenshot of the video and load it into the Russian search engine Yandex. #ReverseImageSearch

This brings us to a site with film recommendations. ๐ŸŸฅ2/...
The French title of that page ๐Ÿ‘‡ reads 'Annamite children collect sapรจques for the pagoda of the ladies'.

Sapรจque is an ancient Chinese coinage. ๐Ÿช™

Annamite refers to a mountain range โ›ฐ๏ธ on the border of Vietnam ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ณ and the neighbouring countries of Laos ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฆ and Cambodia ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ. 3/
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77K watched a clip of "tens of thousands of cattle suddenly dying after being given a vaccine" in #India ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ.

๐Ÿ˜ฒ"Worldwide, they are destroying cattle." ๐Ÿ„๐Ÿค”

What do we see? Investigate! ๐Ÿงต๐Ÿ‘‡ 1/...

#Verification ๐Ÿ“ฝ๏ธ
#GeoLocation ๐ŸŒ
#HowToOSINT ๐Ÿง
The tweet mentions the Indian region Gujarat, so we google with the search terms 'Gujarat dying cows'.

This leads us to an article by The Shillong Times, a local newspaper in north-east India, entitled 'More than 1200 cattle die of Lumpy Skin Disease in Gujarat'. 2/...
The article does not contain a video, but it does contain screenshots.

If we compare one of the screenshots from the article (right) with the Twitter video (0'26", left), details ๐ŸŸจ๐ŸŸฉ๐ŸŸฅ appear to match.

โžก๏ธSo the article seems to be about the same images. 3/...
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In Image Search in Google, the Tools allow you only to search back one year. Let's fix that (1/3) #osint #google #verification
1. Type in your keywords in Google Images
2. Say you want to search between 2000 and 2009. Put at the end of the query after:2000 before:2009 (2/3)
To search for just one specific date range in months, do this.
1. Type in your keywords
2. Choose your period

You can also use this to search for a specific date (3/3).
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๐Ÿ”๏ธProbably you have seen this breathtaking video of an avalanche. ๐Ÿ˜ฒ Everyone survived.

Where was it shot? ๐Ÿ“

Letโ€™s do some #GeoLocation ๐ŸŒ! ๐Ÿงต๐Ÿ‘‡ 1/โ€ฆ

#Verification ๐ŸŽฅ
#HowToOSINT ๐Ÿง

There are NO street signs, logos, number plates, trees or any other visual indications ๐Ÿซค... except ๐Ÿ”๏ธ๐Ÿ”๏ธ.

This part of #GEOINT is new to me. ๐Ÿคซ

I used a mountain range only once for a fact check of migrants arriving in the Balearic Islands ๐Ÿ‘‡:โ€ฆ 2/โ€ฆ
๐ŸฅณLuckily a great TUTORIAL was released by Eyran Millis (@Istihbarat1800L) recently:โ€ฆ (as seen on Week in #OSINT by @Sector035)

With only this pdf-cocument ๐Ÿ“„ I decided to give it a try. 3/โ€ฆ
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216K views for a video of "Vatican Burning". ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ”ฅ

Fact or fiction? Investigate! ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿงต 1/...

#Verification ๐ŸŽฅ
#GeoLocation ๐ŸŒ
#HowToOSINT ๐Ÿง
We can start with Reverse Image Search, but a very simple Google search for news about "Rome" and a "fire" might be a kick start too. 2/...
This brings us to an article by ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช newspaper @destandaard with the title "Rome burns for the fourth time in a month: coincidence or malice?".

That article also included a tweet with the same video. However, there is NO mention of the Vatican City. 3/..โ€ฆ
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Footage of violence spreads like wildfire.๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ž

Often itโ€™s used to blame a group of people: Ukrainian refugees in this case.

How to investigate such videos? I have 4โƒฃ easy steps for you. ๐Ÿงต๐Ÿ‘‡ 1/...

#Verification ๐ŸŽฅ
#GeoLocation ๐ŸŒ
#HowToOSINT ๐Ÿง
We see a brawl in broad daylight on a public road. There are heavy blows, and when two cars with perpetrators drive off, someone is left lying on the ground, apparently unconscious.

It would be 'Ukrainians' in 'Austria'. 2/...
๐Ÿ”Ž1โƒฃ Find location

In the video, we see a flag of the United Kingdom ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง, but the images are usually located in the Austrian capital Vienna ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น.

We also see a statue of a horse on top of a building ๐ŸŸฅ. 3/...
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250K views for a terrifying video from Nukus, #Karakalpakstan.

A street "covered in the blood of protesters" or "red paint"?

Investigation by @Lotte_Lambrecht and me. ๐Ÿงต๐Ÿ‘‡1/...

#Verification ๐ŸŽฅ
#GeoLocation ๐ŸŒ
#HowToOSINT ๐Ÿง Image
@Lotte_Lambrecht Some context first.

Karakalpakstan is a semi-autonomous region in Uzbekistan, Central Asia.

Authorities in Uzbekistan have said that 18 people were killed during last weekโ€™s unrest after plans to strip Karakalpakstan of its autonomy. 2/...โ€ฆ
@Lotte_Lambrecht Thousands took to the streets in the biggest protest in Uzbekistan in recent years. President Mirzijoev declared a state of emergency.

Blood was certainly shed in Karakalpakstans capital, Nukus.

Official figuers confirm, we've seen a lot of gruesome videos of victims. 3/... Image
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This photo collage got 22K likes on #Instagram: it shows a swimming pool ๐ŸŠ in #Kharkiv ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ before and after Russian shelling ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ.

"Is this supposed to be the same place before and after?" ๐Ÿค”

Let's find oud! ๐Ÿงต๐Ÿ‘‡ 1/...

#Verification ๐Ÿ“ธ
#GeoLocation ๐ŸŒ
#HowToOSINT ๐Ÿง
We upload the image in Yandex. That search engine suggests that we are indeed seeing a swimming pool in the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv ๐ŸŸฅ.

Kharkiv is the second largest city in Ukraine, close to the Russian border and has been under attack since the beginning of the war. 2/...
On a Ukrainian website with info about swimming pools in Kharkiv, we found the same photo. โœ…

We also find an address: Alchevskyh Street 50 A. We search for that address on Google Maps and indeed we end up at the sports complex of the Polytechnic Institute. ๐Ÿ—บ๏ธ 3/...
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11.8 M people have seen this video on #TikTok. ๐Ÿ˜ฒ

A quiet scene at a beach ๐Ÿ–๏ธ with a huge explosion in the background. ๐Ÿ”ฅ

What do we see? Investigate! ๐Ÿงต๐Ÿ‘‡ 1/...

#Verification ๐Ÿ“ฝ๏ธ
#GeoLocation ๐ŸŒ
#HowToOSINT ๐Ÿง
๐Ÿ”ŠThe woman filming curses while a man seems to say "he almost choked".

The caption of the video is ะดะพะฑั€ะพ ะฟะพะถะฐะปะพะฒะฐั‚ัŒ ะฒ ะ‘ะตั€ะดัะฝัะบ, meaning "Welcome to Berdyansk".

Berdyansk is a port city in Ukraine. ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

You can watch the video here:โ€ฆ

The video raises speculation.

According to some YouTube users, the explosion is the work of Ukrainian resistance fighters. ๐Ÿช–

A Facebook post suggests that the video shows a "Russian military cargo ship being hit by Ukrainians". ๐Ÿšข

What's true? ๐Ÿค” 3/...
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We all have seen Ukrainian tractors ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ dragging Russian tanks ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ.

Where do they go? ๐Ÿค”

We traced the โ€œV5โ€ in this #TikTok. It reveals France ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท breaking the arms embargo against Russia.

Investigate! ๐Ÿงต๐Ÿ‘‡ 1/โ€ฆ

#Verification ๐Ÿ“ฝ๏ธ
#GeoLocation ๐ŸŒ
#HowToOSINT ๐Ÿง Image
The TikTok video with this BMD-4, a landing combat vehicle, was shot west of Kyiv.

@sammy7000 from @GeoConfirmed found the location with Google Streetview. ๐Ÿ“โœ…

How? ๐Ÿ“บ๐Ÿ‘‡2/โ€ฆ
@sammy7000 @GeoConfirmed The tractor with the โ€œV5โ€ drove away from the besieged towns of #Irpin and #Bucha in a southerly direction.

Russian vehicles with a โ€œVโ€ entered Ukraine from Belarus and fought around Irpin and Bucha.

You can check on this map from @Cen4infoRes . 3/โ€ฆโ€ฆ
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A Russian missile ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ killed at least three Ukrainian citizens ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ on April 16 in Kyiv.

This was NO ordinary attack: it was initiated by volunteers using #OSINT ๐Ÿ”Ž.

Investigation on โ˜ ๏ธ KILLER COORDINATES ๐Ÿ“

๐Ÿงต๐Ÿ‘‡ 1/โ€ฆ

#Verification ๐Ÿ“ธ๐ŸŽฅ
#GeoLocation ๐ŸŒ
#HowToOSINT ๐Ÿง
This missile strike in the east of Kyiv almost completely destroyed a warehouse.

Satellite imagery from @planet shows how the surrounding buildings were not damaged, indicating a precision bombing. 2/โ€ฆ
@planet ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ The spokesman of the Russian army, Igor Konashenkov, stated that โ€œa high-precision long-range aerial weapon had destroyed the production building of a tank factory in Kyiv (...)โ€. 3/โ€ฆ
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Latest UPDATE on the #TFR (Travel Rule) trilogue:

EU institutions are working to finalise the #TFR text to implement the #travelrule in Europe. Please find below the latest details. The aimed-for deadline for conclusion is still the first week of June.

Key issues on table:

The provisions introduced by the @Europarl_EN requiring #verification of information for each transfer of assets, the additional requirements applied to transfers to #unhosted wallets and the #blacklist of non-compliant entities.

In the past weeks, the @EUCouncil has taken onboard the concerns from the blockchain & crypto #industry, as well as those of regulators and competent #authorities (!), that flagged the impracticality and unintended consequences these provisions would have.

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"๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Hamburg shootout between two groups of migrants. Several people received gunshot wounds [...]. There are several deaths."

In a short blurry video we hear gunshots. What do we see? Investigate! ๐Ÿ‘‡1/...

#Verification ๐Ÿ“ฝ๏ธ
#GeoLocation ๐ŸŒ
#HowToOSINT ๐Ÿง
The tweet above only has little over 1K views, BUT the same video with the same text was uploaded multiple times on Twitter (left), Reddit, Telegram, Facebook (centre) and YouTube (right).

Over 100,000 people saw the images pass by in that context. 2/...
I didn't even try Reverse Image Search this time: the footage was very blurry so matches unlikely. ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ

I did ask German colleague @fiete_stegers to take a look.

He immediately pointed to the number plate of a car in the video ๐ŸŸฅ. 3/...
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2M people have seen this picture on #Telegram (without blur): "๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Russian soldier was chained [...] tortured and [...] set on fire while still alive."

What do we see? Investigate! ๐Ÿ‘‡ 1/...

#Verification ๐Ÿ“ธ
#GeoLocation ๐ŸŒ
#HowToOSINT ๐Ÿง
Social media users use the photo (bottom left) to make comparisons between Ukraine and the terrorist group Islamic State (IS or ISIS). 2/...
The photo of the scorched body started circulating on 9 April at 21:20 via Danil Bezsonov's official Telegram channel.

He is the head of the press service of the 'people's republic' of #Donetsk, a separatist, Russian-backed region in eastern Ukraine. 3/...
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