Network of Syria conspiracy theorists identified
A network of more than two dozen conspiracy theorists, frequently backed by a coordinated Russian campaign, sent thousands of disinformation tweets to distort the reality of the Syrian conflict and deter intervention by the international community, new analysis reveals.
“Using a list of 51 keywords and hashtags connected to Syria, ISD researchers were able to identify 47,000 tweets and 817 Facebook posts from these accounts creating or spreading disinformation on Syria between January 2015 and December 2021,” the ISD report said.
Researchers discovered the false content was shared by the audience of 3 million people with 1.8 million of them being unique followers. According to data analysis, 19,000 original disinformation posts were retweeted over 670,000 times. The report suggest that official accounts of the Russian government, namely the Russian embassy to the UK and Syria, played an important role in spreading the fake posts.