Rise of Ansar Allah

On October 19, 2023, Ansar Allah, an Iranian-backed Yemeni militant group, entered the Israel-Hamas war by firing cruise missiles and armed drones up the Red Sea.

  • Ansar Allah—classified as a terrorist entity by the US, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE—is reorienting its media empire to spread incitement to violence.
  • The group is using its media operations to promote Hamas and Hezbollah terrorist propaganda in English and Arabic across the internet under the guise of news, complicating Trust & Safety evaluations of content.

Within this report:

This latest ActiveFence report shares exclusive research by ActiveFence’s Counter Terror researchers and evaluates the impact of the content of the Ansar Allah media operation as it begins to surge across UGC platforms.

  • It charts Ansar Allah’s evolution, ideology, and connections with known terrorist organizations and provides the necessary context for moderation teams to make moderation decisions.
  • It assesses the results of the group and its international supporters’ use of AI technologies in propaganda creation.
  • It provides symbols, keywords, and other indicators of Ansar Allah media wings for those responsible for automated flagging and detection to enhance platform rules and workflows.

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