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Revealed: US spy operation that manipulates social media (The Guardian) →

"The US military is developing software that will let it secretly manipulate social media sites by using fake online personas to influence internet conversations and spread pro-American propaganda.

A Californian corporation has been awarded a contract with United States Central Command (Centcom), which oversees US armed operations in the Middle East and Central Asia, to develop what is described as an “online persona management service” that will allow one US serviceman or woman to control up to 10 separate identities based all over the world.

The project has been likened by web experts to China’s attempts to control and restrict free speech on the internet. Critics are likely to complain that it will allow the US military to create a false consensus in online conversations, crowd out unwelcome opinions and smother commentaries or reports that do not correspond with its own objectives.

The discovery that the US military is developing false online personalities – known to users of social media as “sock puppets” – could also encourage other governments, private companies and non-government organisations to do the same.”

— 1 year ago with 74 notes
#united states  #military  #military industrial complex  #social media  #fake online personas  #centcom  #United States Central Command  #online persona management service  #free speech  #sock puppets  #technology  #news  #media 
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    and you’re surprised by this?
  4. moon-st0nes reblogged this from setbabiesonfire and added:
    What the actual fuck… and this is probably just the tip of the iceberg. There is some seriously fucked up stuff going on...
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    EVIDENCE? NOT THAT I DOUBT IT FOR A SECOND, BUT STILL…
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    Erm I the only one not surprised.
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    I’m moving to Vancouver where the foods amazing, the air is clean, and the ganja is plentiful.
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    WHAT THE FUCK AMERICA
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    I really hope this is not fucking true.
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