The State Department is launching a $40 million initiative to crack down on foreign propaganda and disinformation amid widespread concerns about future Russian efforts to interfere in elections.
Source: State Dept. launches $40M offensive against foreign propaganda | TheHill
7 years ago, the U.S. government launched its own social media computational propaganda program.
Social media is now an official battlefield as nation states and a cast of thousands of others go to war against each other.
I’m so old I remember when we worried about nuclear missiles raining down upon on us and played security-theater drills of hiding under our desks at school. Today we cower from an onslaught of tweets and Facebook posts… my, how times have changed.
Senior executives have resigned or been fired and dozens of staff and reporters have quit.
Source: Newsweek in Turmoil: Probe Into Finances and Ties to Bible College Widens – WSJ
Newsweek has a history of publishing fake news; in fact, reporters imply they adopted the click-bait model of fake news reporters.
There is a relationship between fake news and social media propaganda. One creates fake content for sharing and liking, and the other enables fake stories to propagate like a virus.
Once considered darlings, bigtech is now under fire for their role in destroying privacy, their platforms’ use for spreading propaganda, their own role as powerful monopolies, gaming the tax system, and more. “More” includes their impact on their own local communities were 60 year old 3 bedroom 2 bath homes now have a median price of $1 million.
Source: Silicon Valley faces make or break moment amid big tech backlash
The U.S. media has buried its head in deeply to the Russian-propaganda meme, as if this was new and nefarious. Read this from MARCH 2011:
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.
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.
Source: Revealed: US spy operation that manipulates social media | Technology | The Guardian
It’s not the message, its the medium.
Every one is flooding social media with propaganda to control your thoughts.
The contemporary focus on Russia connected propaganda from the Internet Research Agency is itself a massive propaganda operation by U.S.-based actors.