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The El Paso Shooting and the Gamification of Terror - bellingcat

The El Paso Shooting and the Gamification of Terror - bellingcat

Looking to an , we can see that the post was made at the Unix time of 1564848920, which August 3, 2019 at 4:15pm (UTC) — or, in local El Paso time (UTC-6), 10:15am, just before the first reports surfaced of a shooting in El Paso.While all of this could technically be an extremely elaborate hoax, it would require the poster to know the suspect’s name well ahead of time. Additionally, there is the fact that the post was made before any public reports of a shooting, and even longer before the name of the suspected shooter was released to the public, and included information that matched the...

August 8, 2019
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Russia’s QAnon Followers Can’t Make Up Their Minds About Ukraine - bellingcat

Russia’s QAnon Followers Can’t Make Up Their Minds About Ukraine - bellingcat

A Telegram post reads: “Dear God, save Russia and Ukraine. We are blessing each other, please forgive us all for our sins: This is how it’s supposed to be!”A Telegram post reads: “Vladimir Putin has upset this balance of the New world order… the balance as people like… Klaus Schwab… Bill Gates… want it” posts a UK channelQAnon is the conspiracy that falsely posits former US President Donald Trump has long worked to defeat a Satan-worshipping, paedophile “cabal” operating within the American “deep state.”Despite Trump being voted out of office and the repeated failure of QAnon prophecies to...

Apr 15
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How (Not) To Report On Russian Disinformation - bellingcat

How (Not) To Report On Russian Disinformation - bellingcat

Democracy depends on an informed citizenry and social cohesion. Here’s a look at how misinformation can spread through social media, and why it can hurt our ability to respond to crises.— Barack Obama (@BarackObama)there is no Pokrovsky 4 in MoscowBotsTrollsCyborgs and coordinated campaignsState mediaFunctionally state mediaIndependent, pro-government mediaIndependent media not always favorable to the stateFringe pro-government, Russian outletsFringe non-Russian, pro-Russian outletsYour donation to Bellingcat is a direct contribution to our research. With your support, we will continue to...

April 15, 2020
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US Law Enforcement Are Deliberately Targeting Journalists During George Floyd Protests - bellingcat

US Law Enforcement Are Deliberately Targeting Journalists During George Floyd Protests - bellingcat

The arrest of a CNN crew in Minneapolis while broadcasting live on air on May 29th was a shocking event, especially in a country with such strong protections on freedom of speech. However as of the time of writing we have identified at least 50 separate incidents where journalists have been attacked by law enforcement.In these examples journalists have been shot with rubber bullets, targeted with stun grenades, tear gassed, physically attacked, pepper sprayed and arrested.Although in some incidents it is possible the journalists were hit or affected accidentally, in the majority of the...

May 31, 2020
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Military And Intelligence Personnel Can Be Tracked With The Untappd Beer App - bellingcat

Military And Intelligence Personnel Can Be Tracked With The Untappd Beer App - bellingcat

Left: Ramstein Air Base’s venue page within the Untappd app. Right: A part of a user’s check-in historyLeft: Untappd’s map view when searching for ‘The Pentagon’. Right: Untappd’s search results when searching for ‘The Pentagon’Left: Untappd’s search results when searching ‘Camp peary’Empty map views at Camp Peary’s location, in Untappd (left) and Foursquare (right) Empty map views at Camp Peary’s location, after searching for ‘Camp Peary’ in Untappd (left) and Foursquare (right)However, if we search for “Camp Peary” directly in the Foursquare listings, we get the following...

May 18, 2020
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Visualizing Police Violence Against Journalists At Protests Across The U.S - bellingcat

Visualizing Police Violence Against Journalists At Protests Across The U.S - bellingcat

Update (July 3, 2020) -Since publishing this article on June 5, 2020, we have teamed up with Forensic Architecture to map these incidents on their platform. Today, Forensic Architecture has . The map allows for navigation of the events in, time, and by category of event (i.e., “physical assault”, “pepper spray”, etc.).Together with a team of volunteers, we are also working to map hundreds of other instances of police violence, this time targeting demonstrators and bystanders during the May and June 2020 protests. As part of this larger project, Forensic Architecture has created a submission...

June 5, 2020
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Uncovering A Pro-Chinese Government Information Operation On Twitter and Facebook: Analysis Of The #MilesGuo Bot Network - bellingcat

Uncovering A Pro-Chinese Government Information Operation On Twitter and Facebook: Analysis Of The #MilesGuo Bot Network - bellingcat

An ongoing information operation is using a network of bots made up of newly created and stolen accounts to target a businessman, exiled from China, who has spoken critically of China’s response to COVID-19.Here is an example of the content and style of the tweets:This can be seen in the image above. The red boxes included are clusters that operate within this network to post and amplify the campaign’s agenda.Your donation to Bellingcat is a direct contribution to our research. With your support, we will continue to publish groundbreaking investigations and uncover wrongdoing all around the...

May 5, 2020
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The Boogaloo Movement Is Not What You Think - bellingcat

The Boogaloo Movement Is Not What You Think - bellingcat

The same logic is evident across dozens of Boogaloo-focused Facebook groups.What Next?Your donation to Bellingcat is a direct contribution to our research. With your support, we will continue to publish groundbreaking investigations and uncover wrongdoing all around the world.Along with our published content, we will update our readers on events that our staff and contributors are involved with, such as noteworthy interviews and training workshops.

May 27, 2020
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What You Need To Know About The Battle of Portland - bellingcat

What You Need To Know About The Battle of Portland - bellingcat

While several thousand citizens marched from Peninsula Park, a crowd of hundreds gathered at the Justice Center. There were no police in sight. At one point a black man on a Trike rolled up and started playing “” by Sam Cooke. A dance party ensued:Pretty high fucking mood here in Portland right now— Robert Evans (The Only Robert Evans) (@IwriteOK)— Sergio Olmos (@MrOlmos)ENOUGH.I had to leave Portland today because my mother is dying. I am with family to prepare for her final moments. This is hard, this is personal, but so is watching my city get destroyed.I’m coming back NOW. You will be...

July 20, 2020
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Russia’s Kramatorsk ‘Facts’ Versus the Evidence - bellingcat

Russia’s Kramatorsk ‘Facts’ Versus the Evidence - bellingcat

"Работают по скоплению боевиков ВСУ"— Necro Mancer (@666_mancer)A map of eastern Ukraine. Credit: Logan Williams / Bellingcat / Natural Earth.Moreover, in late March this year, a train carrying Tochka-U missile launchers was filmed in Gomel, Belarus.The launchers's V markings indicate they are Russian, as we have not seen any Belarusian vehicles with such markings.— CIT (en) (@CITeam_en)⚡️New batch of Tochka-U tactical ballistic missiles was brought to Belarus.Today at 14:12 (Minsk time), Russian An-124 Ruslan heavy cargo aircraft landed at the airfield in Machulishchy (Minsk region).1/3...

Apr 14
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