Militant government resumes practice despite promises for more lenient rules this time around

Taliban fighters pose on the hill of Wazir Akbar Khan, Kabul, October 12, 2021. (Source: Reuters/Alexandra Kovalskaya/TASS)

Promotion scheme uses clickbait TikTok ads and proxy external websites posting sensationalistic and sometimes misleading news content

Screengrab from a digital agency that boasts working with Telegram channels. The caption says, “Partners. We’re working with more than 150 Telegram channels with the total audience of more than 5 million users.” (Source: Telegram Agency/archive)


Belarusian government press releases accuse Poland, Latvia, and Lithuania of treating refugees and migrants inhumanely

Afghan refugees caught in a border standoff between Polish and Belarusian border patrols in Usnarz Gorny, Poland, 20 August, 2021. (Source: Reuters/STR/NurPhoto)


The DFRLab confirms the identity of Aleksander Voskanyan and his activities in Syria

(Source: Instagram, left; Skandinavisk Frihet/archive, right)


Multiple outlets promoted an automated captioning error by C-SPAN to embarrass the Ukrainian president

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin shakes hands with Ukrainian Defense Minister Andriy Taran as President Volodymyr Zelensky stands to the side. (Source: @ZelenskyyUA/archive)


ZAPAD21 exercises send tough message to Poland and Lithuania, employing made-up country maps and bombastic statements

Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka meets state security officials in Minsk on September 27, 2021, 10 days after the end of ZAPAD21. (Source: Maxim Guchek/BelTA/Handout via Reuters)


Video depicts a startled woman and child during the Namejs 2021 military exercise in central Riga

Freeze-frame images from the controversial video. The text reads, “Military training in Riga Center.” (Source: Vlad Kovin/archive)


September 7 rallies called for anti-democratic measures; at least two pages appear to be connected to larger organized networks

“Prison for Supreme Court” reads a placard during a rally in support of President Bolsonaro’s government on Brazil’s Independence Day. Tens of thousands of people have demonstrated in support of Bolsonaro with anti-democratic slogans. (Source: Reuters/DPA/Picture Alliance)


Apps and Telegram channels impersonated their pro-Navalny counterparts, potentially redirecting voters away from strategic voting advice

Russian President Vladimir Putin sits in front of a computer in Moscow while taking part in a remote electronic voting on the first day of the three-day parliamentary election, September 17, 2021. (SOURCE: Sputnik/Alexei Druzhinin/Kremlin via REUTERS)


Arabic-speaking refugees and migrants share tips and updates, including unverified footage published by border guards

Detained migrants in Rudninkai, Lithuania, after they crossed the border with Belarus and were intercepted by Lithuanian border guards. (Source: Reuters/Scanpix Baltics)

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