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Given the ongoing war in Ukraine, ISD is continuing to analyse Russian information operations. We have identified the origins of the #IStandWithRussia campaign, explored an antisemitic conspiracy theory being used to justify the invasion, and uncovered a network of Twitter accounts that appeared to have been hijacked to spread pro-Chinese Communist Party narratives including blaming the US for Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

For more of our ongoing Russia-Ukraine analysis, visit our regularly updated hub.
RESEARCH RECAP
The murky origins of the #IstandwithRussia hashtag
Researchers at ISD tracked the #IstandwithRussia campaign since the start of the invasion of the Ukraine, unearthing a dubious set of profiles, pages, channels and groups working together to get the hashtag trending.



Read coverage in POLITICO.
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Cash for comments: How YouTube’s Super Chats generate profits from conspiracies, misinformation and calls for violence
Super Chats is a tool that helps YouTube creators to monetise their live chats. New research from ISD's Ciarán O’Connor, in collaboration with the Southern Poverty Law Center, examines how this tool enables the platform and creators to profit from chats promoting violence, conspiracies, misinformation and hate.
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Twitter accounts (including two accounts of EU politicians) hijacked to spread CCP propaganda
ISD has identified a small network of 33 Twitter accounts that appear to have been hijacked and used to spread pro-CCP (Chinese Communist Party) narratives.
 
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What can the most shared URLs on social media during the French election tell us about public opinion of the vote?
ISD analysis found that election-related links shared on mainstream Twitter during the French Presidential election campaign diverged from those in conspiracy, extremist and anti-establishment communities . 
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Misogynist content is being recommended to boys and young men on YouTube 
ISD explored algorithmic recommendations on YouTube & YouTube Shorts to boys and young men using test accounts, all of which were recommended misogynist content by YouTube.

Read coverage in the Sydney Morning Herald.
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Published this month: ISD's report on right-wing extremism in Germany
This report, based on the event "Im Toten Winkel" ("The Blind Spot") held by ISD late in 2021, outlines the current state of German-language digital research on right-wing extremism. Special thanks to the researchers for presenting their work & the discussion that followed the event.


 
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An antisemitic conspiracy theory is being shared on Telegram to justify Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
This Dispatch examines the use of the antisemitic “Khazarian Mafia” conspiracy in German-language far-right & conspiracy Telegram channels to justify Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
 
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Fury of anti-establishment voices weakens the Republican front during French elections
United under an “anti-system" front, the French far right is winning the battle of ideas on social media. Read the open letter (in French) from ISD’s Iris Boyer and Cecile Simmons calling for an ambitious implementation of the Digital Services Act to protect democracy.
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ISD NEWS

ISD’s Kata Balint will join a panel of experts at the 7th annual Prague Populism Conference on 15-17 May to discuss climate change in relation to populist political parties and movements across Europe. Registration for the conference is now open.

ISD’s Young Cities programme gathered young people in Zuienkerke, Belgium, in early April to work on building skills to address discrimination and anti-social behaviour in their communities. The four-day event, a Youth Innovation Lab workshop, was delivered in collaboration with local partner Roots vzw.

This was the first time Young Cities has operated in Belgium, and the expansion was undertaken with support from Belgium's US Embassy.
ISD IN THE MEDIA
Analysts Kata Balint and Lukasz Janulewicz spoke to VICE World News about CitizenGO, an organisation that plays a key role in an international network attempting to restrict sexual and reproductive health rights for women and LGBTQ+ people.

ISD’s Iris Boyer spoke with Slate France on the role of search engines in facilitating access to misinformation in the aftermath of atrocities like the Buch massacre.

Tim Squirrell spoke to Al Jazeera English‘s news programme about Cyber Front Z, a Russian troll farm accused of spreading pro-Kremlin misinformation on social media.

Our investigation with Reset Australia on Youtube's algorithmic recommendations targetting boys and young men with 'Manosphere' content was covered by the Sydney Morning Herald

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