Example of OSINT on 21stcenturywire Vanessa Beeley’s latest Assadist propaganda against the White Helmets
This is an incomplete draft from 22 June 2017. I’m publishing it now just in order to send it to another researcher.
One of Vanessa Beeley’s useful idiots challenged me to “prove it” — obviously they won’t read this or think about it or stop repeating lies, because they don’t believe in objective factual truth, but for the record, here is some proof:
This is the video and you can see the comments thread is an information/disinformation battle field:
Let’s start with the referrals network behind the source:
21stcenturywire.com Traffic Statistics
21stcenturywire.com is ranked #13876 for Arts and Entertainment and #141453 Globally. Get a full report of their…
Three of the top five inward referrals sites:
Referrals network of stevequayle.com (it’s a sort of aggregator)
Referrals network of whatreallyhappened.com
whatreallyhappened.com Traffic Statistics
whatreallyhappened.com is ranked #4744 for Arts and Entertainment and #45261 Globally. Get a full report of their…
Referrals network of activistpost.com
activistpost.com Traffic Statistics
activistpost.com is ranked #5462 for News and Media and #66701 Globally. Get a full report of their traffic statistics…
naturalblaze.com 7.65% (outward referrals)
activistpost.net 6.18% (outward referrals)
Referrals network data as an edgelist:
Let’s add in next some aggregators’ network data:
I’m not going to reveal which aggregators, for quite obvious reasons. But I will limit my aggregator network searches to only those with the words “white helmets channel 4”.
If I include “21stcenturywire” I get 16 on one overtly Russian aggregator site, and if I only search “white helmets channel 4” I get 107.
I’ll start with the exact matches for the article:
which internally refers to:
Let’s have a little progress graph so far:
Widening the search to “white helmets channel 4”
That’s two pages of results — several were broken links that went back to the homepage. I’m getting pretty bored already so I’m going to subtract the sites above from the search terms so we only get different sites now..
That conveniently trims down the results to 42 more pages
I got bored so I only counted one edge altho there were lots of duplicates.
The other aggregators I checked- one had none, the other one stopped carrying Syria related article in September 2016.
Let’s have another partial progress graph:
Let’s add Twitter networks:
To make it fair and not too easy for me let’s just use twitter accounts mentioned in Beeley’s article:
21stcenturywire Facebook shares network — filtered to top 10% of sharers in order to omit ordinary useful idiots and focus on pages and groups.