Creating artificial social media pundits to manipulate public opinion

Everyone is working to manipulate you on social media:

“It’s recently been revealed that the U.S. government contracted HBGary Federal for the development of software which could create multiple fake social media profiles to manipulate and sway public opinion on controversial issues by promoting propaganda. It could also be used as surveillance to find public opinions with points of view the powers-that-be didn’t like. It could then potentially have their “fake” people run smear campaigns against those “real” people. As disturbing as this is, it’s not really new for U.S. intelligence or private intelligence firms to do the dirty work behind closed doors.”

Source: Army of fake social media friends to promote propaganda

Read the full article at the link. The article is from 2011 – think about how far these methods have advanced in the previous 5-6 years since then.