Creative Inquiry Reports

These reports are compiles by students working with our ongoing Media Forensics Hub Creative Inquiry class. The reports represent the students work exploring misinformation and disinformation in the digital space.

 Report #3: Russian Misinformation Network


Release Date: April, 2021

In this report, we identify a number of accounts that we conclude with a high degree of certainty are from an inauthentic network, and based on communication patterns and message content, conclude that they are operating in support of the Russian government to promote a pro-Putin narrative within the Russian Federation. In this network, we observe interconnectedness between accounts, similarities in narratives, and inauthenticity of the account identities.

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Report #2: Nigerian Trump Parade

Release Date: November, 2020

On November 3, 2020 at 9:38 AM, President Donald Trump retweeted a video from Abraham O. Adeyemi showing a parade of Nigerians for Trump. President Trump retweeted it with the message, “A parade for me in Nigeria, a great honor!” The individuals taking part were holding Trump 2020 signs, waving American flags, and singing. Although many commenters assumed a parade for Trump was unlikely and probably fake, the parade turned out to be authentic. However, there appears to be an inauthentic connection between the church who organized the parade and two other organizations, Plain Truth Now and Civil Rights International. There have also been accusations of violence, robbery, murder, and injustice perpetrated by the church and its leader.

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Report #1: Master Shojae's Army

Release Date: October, 2020

The account @ZIENAAB_313 sent out a tweet with an accompanying photograph of a liquor store in flames behind a grimmly ironic silhouette waving an American flag. This stark image, although reported to be Arizona, captured an altogether different scene. A quick analysis of the photo and an image reference search reveals that the photo was from the George Floyd riots in Minnesota. The pairing of this quote and photo raises many questions regarding the authenticity of the account producing it, as well as its motives. The tweet was also being amplified and liked by accounts extremely similar in form and rhetoric. This leads to an even broader question: what is this account trying to accomplish and is it part of a larger network with a common agenda and operator? In this report, we examined the written, visual, and conversational content posted by @ZEINAAB_313 and other related accounts, and draw a number of conclusions. First, the aforementioned tweet contains a picture that is not what it was stated to be; second, the account is not who they purport to be; third, the existence of a network associated with the @ZEINAAB_313 profile; and fourth, the possibility of an underlying agenda within this network. 

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