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The El Paso Shooting and the Gamification of Terror

The El Paso Shooting and the Gamification of Terror

On August 3, 2019, at around 11am local time, initial police reports indicated that a gunman had walked into an El Paso Wal-Mart and opened fire. As of the publication of this article, at least eighteen people have died and several others have been injured. One victim was a four-month old infant. As we’ve seen with two other mass shootings this year, the killer announced the start of his rampage on 8chan’s /pol board. The poster also attached a four-page manifesto to the post, along with a document in his original post that included his name — Patrick Crusius. Looking to an archived copy...

August 8, 2019
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This New Tool Lets You Analyse TikTok Hashtags

This New Tool Lets You Analyse TikTok Hashtags

In just a few years, TikTok has become one of the world’s most successful social networks. The company that its platform is used by over a billion people every month.TikTok’s role during the invasion of Ukraine has changed the common misconception of a website predominantly used by its young users to post videos of lip-synced songs or dance challenges. During Russia’s military buildup, being transported to the Ukrainian border. Since that equipment crossed that border, numerous TikToks have shown missiles, destroyed buildings or the daily life of Ukrainians who have to spend their days in...

May 11
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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

This data isThe full map of the incidents that we plotted can be seen . Unbelievable! great work bud sad..The work you all do is amazing! We need to improve these systems and exposing the issues is the only place to start. Cheers and stay safe – Ben Merryman, Kalamazoo, Michigan – Friday, 2020-06-05, 13:50 ET“After watching the gruesome killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis Police Department Officer Derek Chauvin”Shouldn’t that be “at the legs of Derek Chauvin”? His hands didn’t seem to have much to do with it.Actually, though, I am an old fashioned guy and still believe in...

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.Benjamin I would love to see a similar analysis on Murdoch/Newscorpse bots in Facebook & Twitter in Australia, as it’s abundantly apparent that Murdoch thru Newscorp operates as the...

May 5, 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 results:Camp...

May 18, 2020
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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 outletsI certainly agree that ascribing all social media influence operations to the Kremlin would be erroneous....

April 15, 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?I looked at the Kentucky state house article in Rolling Stone that this article hotlinked, and observed no/no Flecktarn (currently used German military camouflage allegedly associated with Neo-Nazi groups), examples of current and vintage U.S. military camouflage, one example of a Russian “gorka” which uses a pattern similar to a German WW2 camouflage; and a tricorner hat associated with the American Minutemen of 1775. No Nordic/Nazi iconography, a few Aloha shirts, and an obviously nonwhite...

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

Russia’s Kramatorsk ‘Facts’ Versus the Evidence

On April 8, 2022, a Tochka-U short-range ballistic missile struck the main railway station in Kramatorsk in the Donetsk region of government-controlled Ukraine. The missile killed at least 50 people, including five children. Civilians had gathered at the station to flee the approaching Russian offensive, which has pivoted to the country’s east in recent weeks. A recent BBC report stated it had found “clear evidence” that the missile which struck the station had a cluster munitions warhead. Russian officials have blamed the strike on Ukraine, citing claims that the Russian military does not...

Apr 14
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