The Online Footprint of Violent Extremism

Moonshot investigated the online footprint of violent extremism in Côte d’Ivoire and this report provides an overview of the online discussions related to violent extremism on Facebook, Telegram, Chirpwire, Hoop Messenger, and Google Search.

A Project of
Bagoué, Bounkani, Folon, Poro, Tchologo, 2022, Fake news, rumors and hate speech, Social cohesion

Between March and October 2022, Moonshot investigated and analyzed the main narratives related to violent extremism, and misinformation and disinformation (mis/disinformation) relevant to Côte d’Ivoire on specific online platforms: Facebook, Telegram, Chirpwire, Hoop Messenger, and Google Search. The research looked at publicly available pages, groups, channels, and search data; it did not assess closed or private spaces.

The research did not identify violent extremist communications or activity in the monitored public social media pages, groups and encrypted messaging channels in Côte d’Ivoire during the reporting period. However, Salafi-Jihadist groups are present and active offline and online in neighboring countries, and EAI’s offline programming has identified the emergence of grassroots activity in the north of Côte d’Ivoire. It is important to continue prioritizing the north of Côte d’Ivoire in P/CVE programming, and to monitor online discussions about violent extremism in the country in order to identify possible early-warning signs of risk and vulnerability to violent extremism, as well as local resilience factors

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