‘The Baghdadi Net’: How A Network of ISIL-Supporting Accounts Spread Across Twitter By Moustafa Ayad

Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIL) supporters fanned out large amounts of Arabic content across Twitter all through the week in the wake of the news surrounding the death of Abu Bakr al Baghdadi. Many accounts were exhibiting strong and multiple signals of automated behaviour, spawning every hour, on the hour, and Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) researchers monitored and tracked these accounts and their tactics for the past week following the news. Read the full investigation and recommendations on limiting extremist content. 

Covid-19 Disinformation Briefing No.1

This is the first in a series of briefings from ISD’s Digital Research Unit on the information ecosystem around Covid-19. This first briefing compiles research from ISD’s own analysis of online platforms, as well as summarising recent investigations and research on the state of play of disinformation around Covid-19.