Author: reynalevine

18 Mar Outcome

Storyful monitored the city of Mosul from the time it was overrun by IS fighters, through to the battle to retake the city. During this time, we developed a methodology for monitoring the release of new content. The result of the work was a feed
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18 Mar Purpose

Storyful’s goal was to source, verify, and archive key content emerging from the large volume of eyewitness- and IS-published media online, and make sense of that content to allow our news partners to tell a coherent story. We broke the down what we found into
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18 Mar Introduction – Case Study 2

Since its establishment in 2014, Islamic State has used a highly effective media strategy to spread its message, wage a propaganda war, and recruit adherents online. It has produced material extolling the benefits of life under Islamic State, the power of its military, as well
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14 Mar Purpose

Storyful’s goal was to source, verify, and archive key content emerging from the large volume of eyewitness- and IS-published media online, and make sense of that content to allow our news partners to tell a coherent story. We broke the down what we found into
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14 Mar Case Study Conclusions

This case study shows the benefits of taking a structured approach to monitoring a single incident of this kind, applying Storyful's methodology of building reliable local sources to follow a story as it develops. Facebook is by far the most used and most popular social
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14 Mar Ethical use of perpetrator content

IS fighters produced, or allowed for the release of, a series of photos and videos showing captives. In the videos, women are seen requesting that the government acquiesces to the IS demands for a prisoner swap. Despite the value of the videos as a propaganda
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14 Mar Finding and Recording Metadata

Assessing the videos Video 1: Suad Adeeb Abu Ammar speaks to camera Source: Islamic State via Najeeb Abu Fakher (Activist) (Confirmed) Location: Unknown location near Sweida. (Unconfirmed) Date: July 28 (Corroborated) Archived here. A video (archive) and photos (archive) of the hostages emerged on local
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14 Mar Role of Perpetrator Video

Hostage-taking during a conflict is a war crime. IS used the hostages captured in Sweida to negotiate for the release of prisoners held by the Syrian government. During the negotiation process, IS fighters produced, or allowed the release of, a series of photos and videos
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14 Mar Relevant Reporting

Following the IS attack on Sweida, local sources reported on the abduction of civilians. Storyful’s years of reporting on the war in Syria allowed us to create lists of reliable sources, catalogued for internal use with relevant information: names, translated names, logos (where appropriate), associated
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