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🚨New playbook for combatting information manipulation launched today. With @IRIglobal @NDI and @stanfordio, we interviewed almost 50 practitioners from over 20 countries, and compiled resources and best practices to fight #disinfo. Here are some key lessons: 👇
Our playbook approach involves 1⃣identifying ongoing campaigns; 2⃣ developing real-time & short-terms responses; & 3⃣ building long term resilience to info manipulation. While we outline 3 distinct steps, there are proactive and reactive strategies discussed throughout the guide.
🔍In the identify section, you can find resources for mapping the information environment, setting up your workflow, and conducting OSINT investigations. We also outline common narratives used to undermine elections, like delegitimization claims or voter suppression.
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It's irresponsible to allow Martin Daubney on the clickbait #vine show to say unchallenged ‘there is no proof that children spread the virus’.

It's unacceptable that broadcasters are complicit in spreading #disinformation, when Britain has the highest COVID death rate in Europe. ImageImageImage
We've known for a long time that children DO 'spread the virus', & it's just a blatantly misleading & dangerously irresponsible lie for mini-Farage Daubney to claim that there is no evidence that they do.

Shameful broadcasting.

Daubney also lied about COVID child-deaths: he said 'only 10 under 18s had died & they all had underlying health conditions', but we know that six under 18s with no underlying health conditions died from Covid19 in England before the end of February 2021.… ImageImage
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We seriously need a new DoD branch:

Department of Disinformation
5 years of digging uncovering #DisInformation websites and I can't see any end. Image
DISINFORMATION is a subset of PROPAGANDA and is false information that is SPREAD DELIBERATELY to DECEIVE. It is also known as black propaganda. Image
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In May 2020, just before AZ's infection rate soared, Gov @dougducey encouraged residents not to stay home. "I want to encourage people to get out and about," Ducey told listeners of a popular radio show. "If you don't have an underlying health condition, it's safe out there."
The interview was then shared on @Facebook and @Twitter. Many people listened to that dangerous advice — and many, including @kdurquiza's father, Mark Urquiza, paid with their lives after contracting the disease.
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“Ivermectin!💊... It’s Horse Paste, Dummy!”
- Fake News / FDA (2021)

#Covid19 #Prophylaxis #Ivermectin #DrPierreKory #JoeRogan #RachelMaddow #RollingStone
📰 Hospital Calls Out Ivermectin "Fake News" Spread by Rachel Maddow

#RachelMaddow #Ivermectin #Covid19 #FakeNews
📺 “Thank you for helping save my Dad's Life.”… #Ivermectin #DrPierreKory
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1/24 🧵#CDNpoli #Elxn44

Since Zelda went into hiding over violent protests that terrorized hospitals & Liberal campaign stops, participants scurried to find new places to organize & a 🇨🇦 companion to Parler has emerged

This #thread is RE partisan #violence & how it's paid for
2/24 🧵#CDNpoli #Violence #Elxn44

There's been much ado trying to insulate Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole from the vulgar & violent uprising surrounding right-wing causes during the election

But on #Aug23 the CPC posted propaganda that specifically invoked violence as a motto
3/24 🧵#CDNpoli #Violence #Elxn44

The full Conservative ad shows a boxer punching forward & that was uncivilized enough

For those who use dark theme, xray, or colour inversion display (for style or visual disability), the violence was quite amplified
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Turns out, Republicans aren't really against killing babies. They're kind of for it. Texas leads in child COVID deaths.

Maybe it's time to view anti-abortion activism as another right-wing disinformation campaign, pushing anti-science lies about fetuses, babies & women's bodies.
Seeing the "pro-life" movement as part of the general right-wing strategy—pushing anti-science propaganda, conspiracies & incendiary lies—should free Democrats to fully embrace abortion as a healthcare issue about women's bodies & freedom. "Killing babies" is GOP disinformation.
This is how we need to talk about the anti-abortion movement—as an early right-wing disinformation campaign. Republicans were wildly successful in reframing science into crazy rabid anti-science. GOP's "killing babies" disinformation helped Republicans gain power across America.
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1/26 🧵#CDNpoli #2Michaels #Elxn44

It's been hard for me to watch #CDNmedia coverage of the 2 Michaels, knowing there's a pointless media blackout that's resulted in widespread #disinformation & exploitation by partisan actors

This #thread is RE Spavor

2/26 🧵#CDNpoli #2Michaels #Elxn44

Canada has become a laughing stock to our global partners due to #CDNmedia suppression of facts about Spavor & Kovrig, that are available to everyone else in the world, including 🇨🇦, if we only bothered to google
3/26 🧵#CDNpoli #Elxn44

I've known facts about the #2Michaels for some time & I declined to share earlier so it wouldn't impact Spavor & Kovrig's trials in #China. But that collective ignorance is being weaponized against voters & both sides have been disingenuous in recent news
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European Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee voted in favour of resolution to upgrade the EU’s relations with #Taiwan. Plenary vote expected in Oct.

🧵 on the main elements of the upgrade, with three main takeaways:
1/ One, beyond being “concerned”, MEPs call for concrete & practical cooperation to support TW in the context of the EU’s Indo-Pacific strategy & urge to include TW into existing platforms & working groups to help bypass China’s attempts to further isolate TW. @bueti
2/ Two, MEPs condemn reaction by Chinese gov of imposing economic sanctions on #Lithuania; express support & solidarity with Lithuania & call on the VP/HR and Council to take appropriate measures @gahler_michael @bueti @MiriamMLex @weimers @ZygisPavilionis @MOFA_Taiwan
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1/26 🧵#CDNpoli #CDNmedia

You've heard me address the 4th Estate & its importance to a functioning democracy. You've seen destruction stateside when that strength becomes a liability via #FakeNews

This #thread is RE the collapse of Canada's parliamentary press gallery & #Elxn44
2/26 🧵#CDNpoli #CDNmedia #Elxn44

I've spent the past 3 elections working nonstop to correct #disinformation & it's so out-of-control that one person, or one team, is incapable of processing all the lies in our popular press anymore

I just didn't expect to become its target
3/26 🧵#CDNpoli #CDNmedia #Elxn44

I won't make excuses for anyone or search for a less antagonistic description to avoid the words 'lie, lying, or liar'

Dancing around what's happening in the parliamentary press gallery would be to enable it & I will play no role in propaganda
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1/24 #CDNpoli

A serious problem has developed with #CDNmedia's ability to cover #Elxn44 accurately + voters' ability to participate in honest debate about that issue, sorely threatening #democracy

This #thread is RE Mercedes Stephenson, #ethics, suspended accounts & #CDNlaw
2/24 #Thread #CDNpoli #Elxn44

Last month I posted a thread addressing Mercedes Stephenson & the alleged conflict of interest with her husband, Dan Mader, in an effort to neutralize #disinformation in the pre-writ phase. It received 87,000+ impressions

3/24 #Thread #CDNpoli #Elxn44

As you know, Mercedes Stephenson is the @globalnews Ottawa bureau chief

Husband Dan Mader is a Conservative strategist for both provincial & federal parties, spanning at least 2 decades

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1/ MISINFORMATION: This is false.

We know that abortions, induced or spontaneous, do not increase your risk for breast cancer. To acknowledge this is neither a moral commentary nor a statement in favor of any particular policy. Image
2/ It is an observation of the reality, one to which we all are beholden. It is particularly disturbing to see so many groups persist in this false claim because of the way it is likely to affect the target audience. Image
3/ Fear is common in disinformation because it affects how we process new information. To be clear, I do not assert that anyone has intentionally spread disinformation, only that the false nature of this claim has been clear for many years.
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Let’s have a few reminders of what a toxic #Disinformation & propaganda operation “Rebel News” is. They are not rebels & it isn’t news. It’s funded by #DarkMoney but is always claiming they need donations NOW. They also solicit funds in cryptocurrency. #Elxn44 #cdnpoli
No one should be treating this toxic operation like a legitimate news site. It is not. It is conduit for malign influence operations. #RebelNews #Elxn44 #cdnpoli
Keean Bexte, one of Rebel’s chief Brownshirt propagandists, spreads disinformation, tries to incite violence, then when held remotely accountable, cries that he’s a victim of authoritarianism….& is always open to cryptocurrency “donations”. #cdnmedia #Elxn44 #cdnpoli
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🧵1/ This thread is about a trend advocating for preventing Omar al-Bashir, wanted for crimes against humanity, from being sent to the ICC. It's a fantastic example of how artificially amplified and manipulated trends pretend to be grassroots sentiment #Disinformation #Sudan
2/ firstly, this shouldn't be taken lightly. The warrants against al-Bashir include the worst charges, from extermination, torture, and intentional targeting of civilians. Up to 500,000 are thought to have been killed as a result of the Darfur genocide (although figures vary).
3/ The trend translates as 'Surrending al-Bashir is an insult to Sudan'. It started trending on the evening of the 11th August. Then, @sabqorg an Arabic newspaper, ran a story about the trend saying it reflected 'popular (Gulf) outrage' about al-Bashir's plight #disinformation
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🧵1/ Good morning! I gathered more data over night on the hashtag 'Qatar Revolts', which is exaggerating the scale of protests in Qatar. Approx 1040 of 10500 accounts in the sample are probably fake. There is also at least one other hacked verified account #disinformation
2/ The network graph shows a fairly independent community in the top right quadrant. If you zoom in you'll see a lot of the accounts boosting the hashtag are retweets of the account @JesseCsincsak .... #cybersecurity #disinformation
3/ Now at first glance @JesseCsincsak is a company called JCK - even the name seems to kind of match the handle. Clever. But that's a ruse, the account actually promotes almalka_store. The account is hacked, and belongs to Jesse Csinscak a pro snowboarder &ABC Bachorlette winner!
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[Thread] 1/ Here is another #manipulation thread (I'll try make it shorter, but it's got some juicy nuggets). This is an analysis of the hashtag "Qatar Revolts". We've seen such hashtags on Lebanon, Iraq, Tunisia etc. It's a common hashtag during *widespread* demonstrations.
2/ For context again There were/are some protests in Qatar, mostly by some members of the Al Marra tribe who have been excluded from the upcoming Shura Elections. For more background on statelessness in Qatar, see this AI report for example:…
3/ As this graph shows, the two circled communities are worth further examination. Both represent accounts being retweeted heavily by accounts using an identical application (in this case, Twitter Web App). Who are they retweeting? See next > #disinformation #Qatar
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[Thread] 1/ This thread is on Qatar's long-awaited upcoming Shura elections, and manipulation on the hashtag 'elections for the Shura council'. I analyzed around 18000 interactions involving around 8600 unique accounts. #disinformation #deception
2/ The sample is from the last two days, and generally encompasses the majority of activity on the hashtag. (Of course the presence of manipulation doesn't discount any of the important issues being raised about electoral fairness and inclusion, but I am focusing on manipulation)
3/ Firstly. There is clear, unequivocal manipulation going on. If you look at the network graph below, it shows a large hub of accounts (green block), along with a separate pinkish constellation. The pinkish constellation shows an account being retweeted hundreds of times. Now..
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[Thread]1/ As mentioned before, but delayed slightly due to food poisoning 🤢, what follows is an analysis of the hashtag "Strong Turkiye" which began trending as a response to the hashtag 'help turkey' on 2nd August. As expected, it shows signs of manipulation and co-ordinated
2/ activity. For some context, the hashtag help Turkey, which I analysed previously, sprung up as a response to wildfires in Turkey. The hashtag prompted an angry response from the Turkish authorities, & the hashtags "we don't need help" & "strong Turkey" emerged. #disinformation
3/ This sample includes around 20,000 interactions involving 9100 unique accounts extracted on 2nd August. First up, signs of deliberate signal boosting of a hashtag by generating high volumes of retweet and mentions. If you look below, you will see three clusters/communities
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The public debate about #disinformation, influence operations and responses… is lacking scrutiny & real debate over rapidly developing defence policies and military responses, esp on ethics. If only public expert discussions got as focused in the weeds on this as on #BigTech.
What discussions do happen seem to be driven my ex-military personnel and very focused on the ‘how to’ of understanding enemies and developing messages and targeting etc… as usual.
People badly need to start to care about this.
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Given everything that’s been happening in the world, I think it’s time to revisit the subject of #ActiveMeasures.

Not just for Soviets anymore.

A 🧵.

#USpoli #cdnpoli #UKPolitics #EUpolitics #nzpol #auspoI #Brexit
When the Kremlin launched its weaponization of social media prior to 🇺🇸 2016 election, there was great concern that other malignant actors would quickly adopt these techniques.

They did.
Now, not only state-actor operations, but for-hire malign influence operations are reaching epidemic proportions as well, in countries around the world. (…) #disinformation #propaganda #ActiveMeasures
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Since the #January6th #Capitol attack, US-based militia movement groups have somewhat altered their strategies. @jaredlholt and @avaniyadav_ took a look at the state of play and identified 8 trends to know about. 🧵⬇️…
@jaredlholt @avaniyadav_ The first 3 deal w/ how militia groups are organizing online. In the fallout of #January6th, many groups are splintering, dissolving, & regrouping at a smaller scale - including rebranding & using @Facebook to attract users before migrating to alternative platforms like @telegram
@jaredlholt @avaniyadav_ @Facebook @telegram Other militia groups have turned to hawking merchandise from sympathetic companies. One site, MyMilitia, uses a service called Flex Offers, offering users more than 45 affiliate links to retailers selling products likely to be popular w/ members: clothing, guns, ammo, tools, etc.
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[Thread] 1/ Good evening, afternoon, or morning all! Tonight's thread is on #Turkey, and it will be a big one. Many have commented on the massive hashtag "Help Turkey" that rapidly reached 2.5 million tweets today. Read on for an in depth Twitter analysis > #Disinformation
2/ 1st, some brief context. The hashtag "help turkey" involved people calling for international help to combat Turkey's wildfires. Images like the one below were common. The tweet storm prompted reactionary nationalistic hashtags including "Strong Turkey" & "We Dont Need Help"
3/ Some felt the message being generated on the hashtag was designed to make Turkey look weak, incompetent and desperate. This, coupled with the scale of the campaign, suggested a possible influence operation. To be clear though. The hashtag had many real users. See below.
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Warum in #Deutschland ein überfordert und fehlinformiert wirkender Armin #Laschet - dem zudem immer wieder seine #Lügen aufgezeigt werden - zum #Bundeskanzler werden kann?
Mit nur noch 17% Zutrauen durch die Wahlberechtigten?
Ein Thread (mit Hilfe von @GeorgeMonbiot) Image
Kurz nach der Wahl in #Grossbritannien 2020, die Labour verloren hat und die den "Politclown" Boris #Johnson an die Macht spülte, analysierte der Journalist @GeorgeMonbiot in knappen 10min. Video die Gründe. Brilliant und wichtig, vor allem für die #Btw21
Weil er schmerzhaft die Ursachen auf den #Punkt bringt, versuche ich im #Thread, seine Aussagen über Grossbritannien sinngemäss für #Deutschland zu übersetzen und die Beispiele zu adaptieren. Hat mich erstaunt, wie einfach das oft ist.
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[Thread] Thanks to all the good faith response to this thread. I am just addressing some responses about what this thread is not, and never claimed to be.

1) It is not saying what Tunisians do and do not think, nor making a claim to what they want

2) It IS making claims about a specific hashtag designed to portray what happened as an uprising against the Muslim Brother

3) Specifically it is claiming that that hashtag is dominated by Saudi, UAE, Egypt accounts spreading state propaganda

4) It is arguing that that hashtag
on Twitter should not be mistaken for grassroots opinion - as that cannot be determined without a different offline methodology

5) Some have mentioned that Tunisians are on Facebook. This is a moot point as far as the thread is concerned, as I am not gauging public opinion, but
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