IO - Home

in·ter·net ob·serv·a·to·ry

[ˈin(t)ərˌnet əbˈzərvəˌtôrē] n. a lab housing infrastructure and human expertise for the study of the internet
libya-takedown image

Facebook Takedowns

Analyses of a Muslim Brotherhood-Linked Information Operation and a Facebook Network that Originated in Iran and Afghanistan

Featured News and Publications

Lawfare Debate

The Threat of Foreign Influence Operations

A new SIO-Lawfare debate series argues the questions: What is the impact of foreign influence operations targeting the United States? Is public conversation commensurate with the threat level?
Twitter takedown

Analysis of Twitter Takedowns Linked to Cuba, the Internet Research Agency, Saudi Arabia, and Thailand

An investigation into operations linked to youth organizations with ties to the Cuban government, the Internet Research Agency, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the Royal Thai Military.
A US flag with binary code

The Election Integrity Partnership

A new partnership will tackle electoral disinformation in real time as we strive for a healthy and successful election.

Subscribe to Stanford Internet Observatory News

Sign up to receive notification of our latest blog posts and reports.

News

Filter:

Filter results Close
  • expanded
  • expanded
  • expanded
  • expanded
  • expanded
  • expanded
  • expanded
  • expanded
  • expanded
  • expanded
anti-GNA Facebook post

Slanted Narratives, Social Media, and Foreign Influence in Libya

Blog / November 10, 2020
New working paper assesses the role of foreign influence in Libyan social media
Lawfare Debate

The Threat of Foreign Influence Operations

Blog / October 23, 2020
A new SIO-Lawfare debate series argues the questions: What is the impact of foreign influence operations targeting the United States? Is public conversation commensurate with the threat level?
Nigeria Takedown twitter graphic

Analysis of an October 2020 Facebook Takedown Linked to the Islamic Movement in Nigeria

Blog / October 8, 2020
In this post and in the attached report we investigate an operation that called for the release from prison of Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.
Twitter takedown

Analysis of Twitter Takedowns Linked to Cuba, the Internet Research Agency, Saudi Arabia, and Thailand 

Blog / October 8, 2020
In this post and in the attached reports we investigate operations linked to youth organizations with ties to the Cuban government, the Internet Research Agency, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the...
takedown report headliner

Analysis of an October 2020 Facebook Takedown Linked to U.S. Political Consultancy Rally Forge

Blog / October 8, 2020
An astroturfing operation involving fake accounts (some with AI-generated images) that left thousands of comments on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Clients included Turning Point Action and...
Fake profiles real children internet observatory

Fake Profiles, Real Children

Blog / October 1, 2020
A Look at the Use of Stolen Child Imagery in Social Media Role-Playing Games
Banner Image Wenxue City

Chinese Expat News Site Resists CCP Influence

Blog / September 24, 2020
A popular source of information among the Chinese diaspora is the website Wenxuecity.com. There have been allegations that the site’s funding is linked to the Chinese government. In this post, we...
Guinean President Alpha Condé Signing Secretary of State Kerry's Guest Book, October 9, 2014.

Who Are the President of Guinea's Facebook Trolls? The Blurry Line Between Modern Campaigning and Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior

Blog / September 21, 2020
We document an extensive network of Facebook Pages operated by Guinean president Alpha Condé’s political party. The Pages coordinated posting to support Condé's bid for a third term, and the...
Le président guinéen Alpha Condé signe le livre d'or du Secrétaire d'Etat américain John Kerry

Qui sont les trolls Facebook du président guinéen ? Campagne électorale moderne ou actions inauthentiques concertées, une frontière floue

Blog / September 21, 2020
Nous avons enquêté sur un large réseau de pages Facebook opérées par le parti du président guinéen Alpha Condé. Les Pages orchestrent des publications qui soutiennent la candidature de Condé à un...
flag graphic

A US PR Firm Steps Into Contested Elections

Blog / September 4, 2020
A U.S.-based strategic communications firm engaged in coordinated inauthentic behavior targeting people in Bolivia and Venezuela.
graphic of facebook page on computer

Reporting for Duty

Blog / September 1, 2020
An investigation into a network of Pakistan-based Facebook and Instagram accounts suspended for coordinated inauthentic behavior reveals mass reporting to silence critics of Islam and Pakistan.
man waiving flag at protest in Belarus

No Modest Voices: Social Media and the Protests in Belarus

Blog / August 28, 2020
Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Telegram have largely become a rallying space for protesters and supporters of the opposition.
graphic with corona viruses, stylized flags of Iran and Israel, and the hastag covid1948

#Covid1948: The Spread of an Anti-Israel Hashtag

Blog / August 13, 2020
An Investigation into a coordinated hashtag on Twitter.
graphic illustration of facebook posts from yemen

The Ministry of Made-Up Pages: Yemen-Based Actors Impersonate Government Agencies to Spread Anti-Houthi Content

Blog / August 6, 2020
We analyzed a now-suspended network of Facebook Pages, Groups, and profiles linked to individuals in Yemen. We found accounts that impersonated government ministries in Saudi Arabia, posts that...
virality project graphic with RT logo and flags

Two Faces of Russian Information Operations: Coronavirus Coverage in Spanish

Blog / July 30, 2020
RT en Español leaves coronavirus-related disinformation to other sites in the Russia-aligned information space.
A US flag with binary code

Announcing the Election Integrity Partnership

News / July 27, 2020
A new partnership with Stanford Internet Observatory, the Program on Democracy and the Internet, DFRLab, Graphika and the University of Washington's Center for an Informed Public will tackle...
SIO China Whitepaper Cover

New White Paper on China's Full-Spectrum Information Operations

Blog / July 20, 2020
The white paper, in collaboration with the Hoover Institution, dives into China’s capabilities and raises an important question: how do states with full-spectrum propaganda capabilities put them to...
clipart-suicide-support

Suicide prevention content in multiple languages on major platforms

Blog / July 16, 2020
Google, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram feature suicide prevention resources on English language searches in the US, but are those resources available to a broader audience? Performance varies across...
reddit hate speech

Comparing Platform Hate Speech Policies: Reddit's Inevitable Evolution

Blog / July 8, 2020
On Monday, June 30, 2020, Reddit updated its policy on hate speech. As part of research for a forthcoming book based on the Stanford Internet Observatory’s Trust and Safety Engineering course, we...

Virality Project: Saudi Arabia State Media and COVID-19

Blog / June 24, 2020

COVID-19 has directly or indirectly affected every country, providing an opportunity for comparative analysis of the ways governments use the pandemic to pursue political objectives. SIO has been conducting case studies investigating how various state media apparatuses are responding to the crisis, and the political dimensions of coronavirus misinformation around the world. Here we focus on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, investigating how its state media (and media formally or informally linked to the ruling royal family) have discussed the pandemic.

Show body Show body
russia twitter takedown

Dispatches from the June 2020 Twitter Inauthentic Activity Takedown

Blog / June 18, 2020
On June 12, 2020, Twitter removed 1,152 accounts attributed to Current Policy, “a media website engaging in state-backed political propaganda within Russia.” These accounts were taken down because...
virality project   mask diplomacy

Mask Diplomacy: Chinese Narratives in the COVID Era

Blog / June 16, 2020
China has been shipping medical supplies to countries battling the coronavirus pandemic, an effort dubbed “mask diplomacy.” It remains to be seen if China will be able to tailor its messages...
twitter takedown june 2020

Analysis of June 2020 Twitter takedowns linked to China, Russia and Turkey

Blog / June 11, 2020
On June 3, 2020 Twitter shared with the Stanford Internet Observatory three distinct takedown datasets from China, Turkey and Russia. In this post and in the attached white papers on the China and...

Pages