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Coordinated attempts to undermine Sikh activism proven in new research report

The Centre for Information Resilience recently published a research report titled ‘Analysis of the #RealSikh Influence’ compiled by Benjamin Strick. In summary the report finds, ‘… a coordinated influence operation that uses fake personas on multiple social media platforms to promote narratives arguing that “real” Sikhs support the Indian government and Indian nationalism, and that advocates of Sikh autonomy and independence are extremist or terrorist.’ Sikhs have complained about fake profiles targeting Sikh activism for a long time but this report now highlights the proof of some of the accounts and the level of co-ordination taking place, which suggests funding and support to progress these anti-Sikh agendas.

You can read the full report here (you may need a pdf reader),

You can learn more about the work of the Centre for Information Resilience at their website https://www.info-res.org/ in summary their work entails the following:

The Centre for Information Resilience (CIR) is an independent, non-profit social enterprise dedicated to identifying, countering and exposing influence operations.

Our mission is to raise awareness of the threat to democracy and objective truth from influence operations, including disinformation, and help to counter it. 

We are proud, certified members of Social Enterprise UK, the UK’s membership body for social enterprises.

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