YouTube banned RT DE in September 2021 after the Russian network revived an old channel to avoid an initial suspension

RT DE logo as seen on its Facebook page. (Source: )

By Givi Gigitashvili and Jean Le Roux

On September 28, 2021, YouTube permanently removed RT DE and Der Fehlende Part, two German-language channels linked to Russian state-backed broadcaster RT, after they violated the video hosting platform’s terms of service by using an alternative account to circumvent a ban on uploading…

Accounts exhibited multiple indicators raising questions of their authenticity

Far-right groups march in Warsaw on Polish Independence Day, November 11, 2021. (Source: Jakub Podkowiak/PRESSCOV/Sipa USA via Reuters Connect)

By Givi Gigitashvili

At least 100 Twitter accounts amplifying hashtags connected to a controversial far-right independence march in Poland exhibited multiple indicators of bot-like behavior. …

Previous activities involved active amplification of COVID-19 disinformation and conspiracies

People queue up outside a mass vaccination centre as Latvia opens walk in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination scheme in Riga, Latvia, April 16, 2021. (Source: REUTERS/Janis Laizans)

By Nika Aleksejeva

Two anti-government political activists in Latvia publicly called for help establishing a network of fake social media accounts, with the objective to fight an “information war” and create a “troll farm” on social media.

While engagement on the social media posts comprising this case study was not…

Inauthentic network targeted domestic audiences in the lead-up to Nicaragua’s November 2021 general election

A man walks by a campaign poster featuring Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega (right) and his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo (left), in Managua, Nicaragua, September 25, 2021. (Source: REUTERS/Maynor Valenzuela)

By Esteban Ponce de León and Daniel Suárez Pérez

On November 1, 2021, of more than 1,400 assets engaged in targeting domestic audiences in Nicaragua. …

WeChat accounts amplified narratives critical of Conservative Party prior to the September 2021 parliamentary election

A mobile phone user shows an icon of the messaging app WeChat on the App Store on his smartphone in Ji’nan city, east China’s Shandong province, July 19, 2017. (Source: Oriental Image via Reuters Connect)

By Kenton Thibaut

China-linked actors took an active role in seeking to influence the September 20, 2021 parliamentary election in Canada, displaying signs of a coordinated campaign to influence behavior among the Chinese diaspora voting in the election.

As many democracies have watched with concern the uptick in exposed Chinese…

Pages published the same links with identical text, often within a matter of seconds of each other

Protesters holding anti-government banners and “Hands Off TVN” posters in Gdansk, Poland on August 10, 2021. TVN, the largest independent media outlet in the country, has been under threat from a proposed law that would clamp down on foreign ownership. (Source: Reuters/Michal Fludra/NurPhoto)

By Givi Gigitashvili and Esteban Ponce de León

The DFRLab has identified a network of 130 Facebook pages linked to right-wing Polish news outlets engaging in , a practice in violation of Facebook’s . …

Inauthentic FB assets linked to Sudan’s Rapid Support Forces operated for years; some admins based in Saudi Arabia and the UAE

RSF General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, aka “Hemeti,” delivers an address in Khartoum, May 18, 2019. (Source: REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah)

In September 2021, one month prior to Sudan’s , Facebook a network of 116 pages, 666 user accounts, 69 groups, and 92 Instagram accounts linked to the country’s Rapid Support Forces (RSF), a paramilitary group operated by the Sudanese military that actively participated in the coup…

Sudanese citizens protest military coup and dissolution of transitional government following arrest of civilian leadership

A person wearing a Sudan’s flag stands in front of a burning pile of tires during a protest against prospect of military rule in Khartoum, Sudan, October 21, 2021. A coup took place four days later. (Source: REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah//File Photo)

By Tessa Knight and Michael Sheldon

Throughout the night of October 25, 2021, reports of civilian leaders of Sudan’s transitional government being arrested started circulating on social media. Allegations of a military coup, which had been , were soon confirmed when the verified Facebook page of the Ministry…

Populist politicians in Latvia shy away from COVID-19 vaccine disinformation they previously amplified

Latvian businessman and politician Ainars Slesers is seen on a screen as he delivers his speech during an election campaign event in Riga, May 28, 2009. (Source: REUTERS/Ints Kalnins)

By Nika Aleksejeva

Latvian populist opposition politicians changed their rhetoric about COVID-19 vaccination amid the of COVID-19 yet seen in the country.

On October 18, 2021, Latvia of COVID-19 infection rates relative to population, prompting the Latvian government to new lockdown measures from…

Network of Georgian-language Facebook assets a potential sign of China’s “discourse power” aspirations in the Caucasus region

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By Eto Buziashvili

A network comprised of at least two Facebook pages and one Facebook group is working in coordination to promote a Georgian-language website that publishes articles in support of China and critical of the United States, an example of how China’s interests are increasingly being promulgated in Georgia.

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