Category Archives: Patriotism

It's official: social media is now a global propaganda battlefield

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.

CNN: "The Trump supporters used by Russia"

CNN speaks with people unwittingly used by the Kremlin-linked Internet Research Agency.

Source: The unwitting: The Trump supporters used by Russia – Feb. 20, 2018
CNN itself covered a rally sponsored by the Internet Research Agency and falsely reported that it was organized by a 20 year old.
CNN does not mention that it too was unwittingly used by Internet Research Agency, publishing news stories sourced to Internet Research Agency social media propaganda.
Nor does CNN mention that its coverage of an elderly woman who attended one of the rallies is considered “doxing” and she is now being harassed online. Such behavior on the part of CNN acts to suppress others from attending political events (of any type). Their own news coverage conveniently omits CNN’s own direct involvement. CNN’s report comes across as a threat intended to suppress others from having public perspectives.
Doxing

“The term dox derives from the slang “dropping dox,” which, according to Wired writer Mat Honan, was “an old-school revenge tactic that emerged from hacker culture in 1990s.” Hackers operating outside the law in that era used the breach of an opponent’s anonymity as a means to expose opponents to harassment or legal repercussions.[10]”

This is CNN.

Did a Federal law make U.S. Civil War Confederate solidiers the equivalent of U.S. veterans? No.

This past week, my Facebook news feed showed a shared item that claims Confederate soldiers of the U.S. Civil War were declared as “U.S. veterans by an Act of Congress”.

Not exactly. In fact, most of this claims is false.

Snopes.com explains that this is mostly false.

This item works as social media propaganda because it appears to cite what sound like legitimate sources for the information (an appeal to authority). The item also appeals to patriotism (U.S. veterans) and the use of transference (Congress said they are U.S. veterans so therefore, they should be treated the same).

However, the alleged Congressional acts either do not exist or refer to something different. The alleged “last Confederate veteran” who died in 1958, was a fraudster who was not an actual veteran. In reality, the last actual Confederate soldiers died in 1959.

This is just a propaganda meme that is mostly not true, but sounded convincing to many.

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.