My Thoughts on the National Walkout for Gun Reform: We Didn’t Used to Scare So Easy

(sorry about the sound spikes. the other mic activated without me knowing it and I don’t have time to remake the video. will redo it later.)

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NY Times Frets About Russian Propaganda, Ignores the Massive Troll Farms Run By America and Its Allies


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NY Times Frets About Russian Propaganda, Ignores the Massive Troll Farms Run By America and Its Allies

“No mention of the Defense Department’s $100 million program Operation Earnest Voice software that “creates fake online identities to spread pro-American propaganda.” No mention of the US Air Force’s 2010 solicitation of “persona management” software designed to create hundreds of sock puppets, “replete with background, history, supporting details and cyber presences that are technically, culturally and geographically consistent.” No mention of USAID (the same government agency, incidentally, that funds Freedom House) secretly creating an entire social media platform to “stir unrest” in Cuba. No mention of the US State Department’s newly created $160 million Global Engagement Center, targeting English-language audiences with unattributed Facebook videos combating, in part, “Russia propaganda.”

Nor was there mention of the UK’s “team of Facebook warriors,” “skilled in psychological operations and use of social media to engage in unconventional warfare in the information age,” or reference to the half-dozen reports of Israeli troll farms promoting pro-Israel propaganda online.

The op-ed had a particular focus on “governing parties” using covert online tools to “inflate their popular support and essentially endorse themselves,” warning that this “devastating new threat to democracy” is used to “undermine elections, political debate and virtually every other aspect of governing.” Yet there was no acknowledgement of the fact that the Hillary Clinton campaign spent $1 million in the 2016 primary to promote its candidate using unattributed social media personas. Nor was there mention of a torrent of pro-Trump bots that infected the 2016 campaign on social media.” AlterNet 2017

4 Responses

  1. Excellent !
    The energy of our country is in the hearts of our young people. The strength of our future is in the hands of our young people. Always has been. Also peer pressure is very strong in young people. Even if many do question this gun control and the destruction of the 2nd amendment…. they might be reluctant to say so…. they want to fit in with the group. Sad… they are being used. The poison has been spread…. and the young have been hurt…. again… so that (this time) they can be the tools of destruction….. not the tools of repair of our democracy.

  2. This comment is just for a test. A message popped up a few minutes ago saying “…unable to send or receive…”.

    I want to see if it gets through.

  3. hats off to Scott!

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