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Platform Takedown Reports

Independent analysis of removed information operations from major platforms.

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Case Studies

Maduro’s Menagerie: Twitter Client Usage in a Venezuelan Twitter Operation (TAKEDOWN)

Elena Cryst, Ronald E Robertson, Noah Schechter, David Thiel
Stanford Internet Observatory, 2021 December 2, 2021
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The New Copyright Trolls: How a Twitter Network Used Copyright Complaints to Harass Tanzanian Activists (TAKEDOWN)

Shelby Grossman, Christopher Giles, Cynthia N. M., R. Miles McCain, Blair Read
Stanford Internet Observatory, 2021 December 2, 2021
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One Topic, Two Networks: Evaluating Two Chinese Influence Operations on Twitter Related to Xinjiang (TAKEDOWN)

Renee DiResta, Josh A. Goldstein, Carly Miller, Harvey Wang, SY, MD
Stanford Internet Observatory, 2021 December 2, 2021
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In Bed with Embeds: How a Network Tied to IRA Operations Created Fake “Man on the Street” Content Embedded in News Articles (TAKEDOWN)

Renee DiResta, Shelby Grossman, Samantha Bradshaw, Karen Nershi, Khadeja Ramali, Rajeev Sharma
Stanford Internet Observatory, 2021 December 2, 2021
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Seeing Double: Twitter Removes Network of Duplicate Accounts Cheerleading Mexican Political Allies (TAKEDOWN)

Elena Cryst, David Thiel, Sean Gallagher
Stanford Internet Observatory, 2021 December 2, 2021
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Journal Articles

Middle East Influence Operations: Observations Across Social Media Takedowns

Renee DiResta, Shelby Grossman, Josh A. Goldstein
Middle East Political Science, 2021 August 25, 2021

Researchers Shelby Grossman, Renee DiResta and Josh A. Goldstein examine Middle East influence operations across social media, including how regimes incorporated social media activities into their own domestic and foreign policy toolkits. The full paper can be found at the Project on Middle East Political Science website.

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My Heart Loves the Army: An Investigation into a Jordanian Disinformation Campaign on Facebook, TikTok and Twitter (TAKEDOWN)

Shelby Grossman, Elena Cryst, Renee DiResta, Carly Miller, K.H., Rajeev Sharma, Chase Small, Julia Thompson
2021 July 8, 2021
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One Face, Many Names: An Investigation into Fake NGOs and Media Outlets Linked to Harouna Douamba on and off Facebook (TAKEDOWN)

Lindsay Hundley, Renee DiResta, Josh A. Goldstein, Shelby Grossman, Cooper Reed, Adriana Stephan, Julia Thompson
2021 May 10, 2021
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Sockpuppets Target Nagorno-Karabakh (TAKEDOWN)

Elena Cryst, Shelby Grossman
2021 February 23, 2021
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Stoking Conflicts by Keystroke: An Operation Run by IRA-Linked Individuals Targeting Libya, Sudan, and Syria (TAKEDOWN)

Shelby Grossman, Khadeja Ramali, Renee DiResta, Lucas Beissner, Samantha Bradshaw, William Healzer, Ira Hubert, David Thiel
2020 December 15, 2020
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An Investigation into a Female-Focused Online Campaign in Iran and Afghanistan targeting Afghans (TAKEDOWN)

Shelby Grossman, Renee DiResta, Lindsay Hundley, Sejal Jhawer, Tara Kheradpir, Abuzar Royesh, David Thiel
2020 November 5, 2020
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Hello from the Other Side: An Investigation into a Musical Pro-Muslim Brotherhood Disinformation Operation (TAKEDOWN)

Shelby Grossman, Maria Fernanda Porras, Khadeja Ramali, David Thiel
2020 November 5, 2020
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#ZakzakyLifeMatters: An Investigation into a Facebook Operation Linked to the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (TAKEDOWN)

Shelby Grossman, Sean Gallagher, Ada Johnson-Kanu, Nicole Wilson, David Thiel
2020 October 8, 2020
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Cheerleading Without Fans: A Low-Impact Domestic Information Operation by the Royal Thai Army (TAKEDOWN)

Josh A. Goldstein, Aim Sinpeng, Daniel Bush, Ross Ewald, Jennifer John, David Thiel
2020 October 8, 2020
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Bolivarian Factions: Facebook takes down inauthentic assets (TAKEDOWN)

Elena Cryst, Esteban Ponce de León, Daniel Suárez Pérez, Shelby Perkins, David Thiel
2020 September 4, 2020
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Reporting for Duty: How A Network of Pakistan-Based Accounts Leveraged Mass Reporting to Silence Critics (TAKEDOWN)

Shelby Grossman, Ross Ewald, Jennifer John, Asfandyar Mir, Kim Ngo, Natasha Patel, A. R.
2020 August 31, 2020
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The Ministry of Made-Up Pages: Yemen-Based Actors Impersonate Government Agencies to Spread Anti-Houthi Content (TAKEDOWN)

Shelby Grossman, Ala’ Alrababa’h, Josh A. Goldstein, Natasha Patel, Shelby Perkins, Abuzar Royesh
2020 August 6, 2020
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Political Retweet Rings and Compromised Accounts: A Twitter Influence Operation Linked to the Youth Wing of Turkey’s Ruling Party (TAKEDOWN)

Shelby Grossman, Fazil Alp Akis, Ayça Alemdaroğlu, Josh A. Goldstein, Katie Jonsson, Isabella Garcia-Camargo, David Thiel, Alex Zaheer
2020 June 11, 2020
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