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πŸ“° Journalist/factchecker @Knack 😍 #OSINT | πŸŽ₯ #HowToOSINT🧐 on YouTube | πŸŽ™οΈhttps://t.co/NKhiWxAFAA & Kerekewere Tips? ➑️ DM
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Jun 20 β€’ 24 tweets β€’ 16 min read
11.8 M people have seen this video on #TikTok. 😲

A quiet scene at a beach πŸ–οΈ with a huge explosion in the background. πŸ”₯

What do we see? Investigate! πŸ§΅πŸ‘‡ 1/...

#OSINTπŸ”Ž
#Verification πŸ“½οΈ
#GeoLocation 🌍
#HowToOSINT 🧐 πŸ”ŠThe woman filming curses while a man seems to say "he almost choked".

The caption of the video is Π΄ΠΎΠ±Ρ€ΠΎ ΠΏΠΎΠΆΠ°Π»ΠΎΠ²Π°Ρ‚ΡŒ Π² БСрдянск, meaning "Welcome to Berdyansk".

Berdyansk is a port city in Ukraine. πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¦

You can watch the video here: tiktok.com/@thdsml/video/…

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Jun 16 β€’ 20 tweets β€’ 27 min read
We all have seen Ukrainian tractors πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¦ dragging Russian tanks πŸ‡·πŸ‡Ί.

Where do they go? πŸ€”

We traced the β€œV5” in this #TikTok. It reveals France πŸ‡«πŸ‡· breaking the arms embargo against Russia.

Investigate! πŸ§΅πŸ‘‡ 1/…

#OSINTπŸ”Ž
#Verification πŸ“½οΈ
#GeoLocation 🌍
#HowToOSINT 🧐 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. πŸ“βœ…

How? πŸ“ΊπŸ‘‡2/…
Jun 16 β€’ 5 tweets β€’ 6 min read
1/ I'm glad this important 🧡 on the danger of #OSINT is well shared. πŸ” πŸ’ͺ

Before I start a second thread on our investigation I have to thank a few people for production! 😍 πŸ‘‡ 2/ @amra_dorjbayar and his team at @vrtnws made our investigation (which took over 1,5 months with an international team) into a 5 min. video.

Impressive work. πŸ“Ί
vrt.be/vrtnws/nl/2022…
Jun 15 β€’ 26 tweets β€’ 39 min read
A Russian missile πŸ‡·πŸ‡Ί killed at least three Ukrainian citizens πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¦ on April 16 in Kyiv.

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

Investigation on ☠️ KILLER COORDINATES πŸ“

πŸ§΅πŸ‘‡ 1/…

#Verification πŸ“ΈπŸŽ₯
#GeoLocation 🌍
#HowToOSINT 🧐 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/…
Jun 14 β€’ 4 tweets β€’ 5 min read
Tomorrow we'll publish a new #OSINT investigation on the war in Ukraine. πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¦ Stay tuned!

We = @Techjournalisto, @ArchitMeta, @amra_dorjbayar, @AlbertoOlivie13, @akhmxt and volunteers from @GeoConfirmed. πŸ™ [1/3] @Techjournalisto @ArchitMeta @amra_dorjbayar @AlbertoOlivie13 @akhmxt @GeoConfirmed (Re)read our first case here:
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May 17 β€’ 18 tweets β€’ 14 min read
"πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ 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! πŸ‘‡1/...

#OSINTπŸ”Ž
#Verification πŸ“½οΈ
#GeoLocation 🌍
#HowToOSINT 🧐 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/...
May 15 β€’ 10 tweets β€’ 11 min read
WHERE was a photo taken or a video recorded? πŸ€” This quest is called #GeoLocation.

Sometimes it's easy, sometimes it's very hard.🀨 But it's always exciting to find the exact spot. πŸ“πŸ₯³

How can you start doing this yourself? πŸ§΅πŸ‘‡1/...

#OSINT πŸ”Ž#GeoLocation 🌍#HowToOSINT 🧐 First you should watch or read a tutorial or 2.

I can recommend this one from @BenDoBrown: or my quest for a tree in Africa: 2/...
May 13 β€’ 9 tweets β€’ 7 min read
Had two great #OSINT 🧐 days in πŸ‡³πŸ‡±: gave an interview at Arda πŸŽ₯, met a young talented investigator πŸ₯£ and talked at @VOGIN_IP in Amsterdam πŸ—£οΈ.

Let's celebrate with a #geolocation-challenge! Where did I take this picture? Explain (in detail) how you found the spot! πŸ“πŸ‘‡ Image @quiztime
May 4 β€’ 33 tweets β€’ 30 min read
2M people have seen this picture on #Telegram (without blur): "πŸ‡·πŸ‡Ί Russian soldier was chained [...] tortured and [...] set on fire while still alive."

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

#OSINTπŸ”Ž
#Verification πŸ“Έ
#GeoLocation 🌍
#HowToOSINT 🧐 Social media users use the photo (bottom left) to make comparisons between Ukraine and the terrorist group Islamic State (IS or ISIS). 2/...
May 3 β€’ 8 tweets β€’ 5 min read
1/ Short 🧡 on how to find original footage from the war in #Ukraine?

We start from a video on Twitter and look for the original footage.

⚠️ WARNING: this thread contains graphic images of bodies. πŸ”ž

#OSINTπŸ”Ž #HowToOSINT🧐 #VerificationπŸ“½οΈ 2/ Why is this important?

1⃣) The original video can be longer and reveal more #info.
2⃣) You can find the #context in which this was posted first.
3⃣) The original footage is of higher quality and thus shows more #details.
Apr 23 β€’ 39 tweets β€’ 21 min read
πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¦ Ukrainian soldier: "We had orders to shoot to kill at any moving person, whether it was peaceful or not."

1.2M have seen this testimony on #YouTube.

May we take this interview as true? Investigate! πŸ‘‡ 1/...

#OSINT πŸ”Ž
#Verification πŸŽ₯
#GeoLocation 🌍
#HowToOSINT 🧐 The video of 2 minutes and 6 seconds shows 3 men in army uniforms.

πŸ—£οΈThe one on the right is talking. He is answering questions posed by an interviewer who does not appear on screen.

The English subtitles are a correct translation of what the man is saying in Russian. 2/...
Apr 16 β€’ 35 tweets β€’ 20 min read
According to Russia πŸ‡·πŸ‡Ί "The unexpected reveal of "innocent patients" with assault rifles showcased how the Ukrainian military uses ambulances." 🚨

Their proof? A video of 21 sec.

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

#OSINT πŸ”Ž
#Verification πŸŽ₯
#GeoLocation 🌍
#HowToOSINT 🧐 The investigation on this tweet from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia is a team effort together with @Techjournalisto, @ArchitMeta and @akhmxt.

(Follow them if you like these kind of #OSINT-investigations.)

The short video is viewed more than 110K times. 2/...
Apr 12 β€’ 26 tweets β€’ 23 min read
1/ Factcheckers around the 🌏 distinguish fact from fiction about the #war in #Ukraine.

You can find all factchecks from @factchecknet here: ukrainefacts.org (thx, @maldita).

In this 🧡 I'll list all πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ contributions from @Knack. πŸ‘‡ @factchecknet @maldita @Knack 2/ We examined a photo of an impact in #Kharkiv in which a projectile ripped off part of a woman's legs. The photograph appears to be real and recent.

knack.be/nieuws/factche…
Apr 7 β€’ 27 tweets β€’ 15 min read
Dubious timelines on #Bucha keep circulating. The #OSINT community, @bellingcat & @nytimes have debunked a lot.

In this thread I’ll focus on a video from this man, the mayor of #Bucha.πŸ‘‡ 1/…

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#Verification πŸŽ₯
#GeoLocation 🌍
#HowToOSINT 🧐 @bellingcat @nytimes According to these timelines πŸ‘‡ Russian troops left #Bucha on 30 March.

Source? Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Telegram.

Other Russian sources claim Russians were still around 1st of April.

➑️ Exact timing is unclear: no visual proof. 2/…
Apr 2 β€’ 38 tweets β€’ 35 min read
Millions of Russians saw this 'shooting incident in Kiev' on state television at the beginning of the war.πŸ“ΊπŸ‡·πŸ‡Ί

What? Where? When? Who? And what is this bizarre audio...? πŸ”ŠπŸ€”

Investigate! πŸ‘‡ 1/…

#OSINT πŸ”Ž
#Verification πŸŽ₯
#GeoLocation 🌍
#HowToOSINT 🧐 On Twitter, Reddit, YouTube, Facebook and the Russian platforms Telegram and VKontakte, a disturbing 44-second video has been circulating since the end of February.

The short video was filmed from the window of a flat. 2/...
Apr 1 β€’ 6 tweets β€’ 8 min read
In this short 🧡 I'll share the 4⃣ interactive maps I use when I have to verify or geolocate something happening in #Ukraine. 1/6

#OSINT for #FactChecking #GeoLocation #Verification This map from @Cen4infoRes only shows verfied content from social media. @BenDoBrown

About: bellingcat.com/news/2022/02/2…

➑️maphub.net/Cen4infoRes/ru… 2/6
Mar 31 β€’ 27 tweets β€’ 20 min read
This awful picture is shared on social media with caption "a Russian girl tied up as a living shield by Ukrainian soldiers in Mariupol". (I blurred the face.)

What happened? Let's investigate. πŸ‘‡1/...

#OSINT πŸ”Ž
#Verification πŸ“Έ
#GeoLocation 🌍
#HowToOSINT 🧐 We take a screenshot of the photo and load it into the Russian search engine Yandex. 2/...
Feb 10 β€’ 7 tweets β€’ 2 min read
Mijn interview met ex-complotdenker Sarah wordt veel gelezen. πŸ™

Veel mensen kennen iemand die is afgegleden naar #complotdenken.

Ken je ook zo iemand? Hoe ga je dan met hem/haar in gesprek?πŸ—£οΈ

Dit zijn enkele tips van experten. πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡1/7

knack.be/nieuws/belgie/… 1⃣ 1) Luister naar hem/haar op een niet-oordelende manier.

Zet dus niemand weg als 'wappie' of 'complotdenker'.

Luisteren is de eerste stap. πŸ‘‚ 2/7
Feb 9 β€’ 6 tweets β€’ 4 min read
Tienduizenden zagen recent deze video waarin een "pleidooi" wordt gehouden door een Duitse advocaat over de coronacrisis.

Waar gaat dit over? πŸ€” πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡ 1/... De man verkondigt een theorie dat de coronapandemie fake is en dat er een complot gaande is van een rijke machtige elite die ons wil controleren. 2/...
Feb 8 β€’ 5 tweets β€’ 6 min read
#OSINT gets more important in #journalism. πŸ“ˆ

Today I gave a lecture to πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ teachers in journalism about the force of online investigations. πŸ”ŽπŸ’ͺ

Some inspiration. πŸ‘‡

#HowToOSINT?🧐 1/5 This interactive map πŸ—ΊοΈ about Russian military around Ukraine by @TextyOrgUa shows how #OSINT today has the power of military intelligence with satellites πŸ›°οΈ in the past. 2/5

texty-org-ua.translate.goog/projects/10546…
Jan 25 β€’ 15 tweets β€’ 10 min read
These pictures of a pool πŸŠβ€β™‚οΈ are shared all over the 🌏, this tweet with caption "mass stupidity" was shared 1.6K times.πŸ€”

No #context is given.

What do we see? Let's find out! πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡ 1/...

#OSINT πŸ”Ž
#Verification πŸ“Έ
#GeoLocation 🌍
#HowToOSINT 🧐 We don't find the original context with Reverse Image Search. 😒

But we do find these pictures shared with captions in πŸ‡³πŸ‡±, πŸ‡―πŸ‡΅ and πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§. We see it on an internetforum about #QAnon and in πŸ‡·πŸ‡Ί and πŸ‡΅πŸ‡± language.

The image is intriguing. 😲 People doubt if it's #real or #fake. 2/...