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Left wing launches secret propaganda operation against secret right wing #propaganda operations

Left wing launches secret propaganda operation against secret right wing #propaganda operations

A left wing group launches a secret propaganda operation to combat secret right wing propaganda operations. Funded with 81 staff, the program will uses tools of propaganda theory and the new tools of social media to direct messaging at individuals by identifying their personal emotional hot buttons. Right wing groups are likely conducting similar propaganda operations but their battle plans have not been published for all to see.

What can we do about this? Walk away from social media and avoid voluntarily signing up for mind control and manipulation operations. We are entering a dangerous era well beyond WW II and Soviet-era propaganda.

Employers require you to have a public #Facebook page?

Employers require you to have a public #Facebook page?

What happens when employers require that you may only have a clean, moral, “fit lifestyle”, free of politics and political controversy and require you give them access to your social media to prove it?

What if your employer believes that a lack of a public social media presence means you are hiding something (like you are not on social media)?

What happens when public sector workers are protected by law from similar rules and can freely express their political beliefs free of employer repercussions?

Advertising is #propaganda too- #Huawei caught faking Nova 3 ad

Advertising is #propaganda too- #Huawei caught faking Nova 3 ad

Advertising is messaging intended to persuade you to adopt someone’ agenda, specifically, to buy a product or service. Advertising is a subset of propaganda and uses many of the same methods of persuasion, including fakes and lies.

Huawei released a video for their Huawei Nova 3i phone with selfies supposedly shot on the phone. Except – it was shot on professional DSLR camera gear.

View counts on Youtube are faked

View counts on Youtube are faked

As we have pointed out here before – fake news, fake reviews, fake news – everything on the Internet is fake. Even YouTube view counts are fake as people buy them from third-party view generators.

Did Vox advocate censoring social media? No.

Did Vox advocate censoring social media? No.

This propaganda poster is now spreading online. The original Vox Tweet is here. It contains a link to a video explaining their thinking. They are clear in their video that they are not advocating censoring these individuals. The video concludes with the problems that emerge when speech is censored and the practical problems of policing platforms like YouTube that see 400 hours of new video uploaded every minute. The Vox video does not encourage censorship. Commentary There is, though, a…

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Journalists and Academics seek special privileges on Facebook

Journalists and Academics seek special privileges on Facebook

Facebook restricts certain conduct on its platform. However, journalists and academics are seeking to  receive special privileges to do things that are prohibited for others. Journalists and academics, for example, would be permitted to set up fake accounts with fake or curated content, for the purpose of studying users. Individuals, however, would be banned from conducting the same research and thus, would be prohibited from verifying or evaluating the work of journalists and academics. Basically, the proposal is to have…

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#Facebook identifies and removes group of alleged fake accounts used for political #propaganda

#Facebook identifies and removes group of alleged fake accounts used for political #propaganda

From the examples given by Facebook, the accounts being removed appear to have been created to support left wing ideology / issues and candidates through social media propaganda campaigns. Facebook believes the accounts are “inauthentic”. Source: Removing Bad Actors on Facebook | Facebook Newsroom

Political propaganda drops all pretense of logical thinking #ACA #ObamaCare #MedicareForAll

Political propaganda drops all pretense of logical thinking #ACA #ObamaCare #MedicareForAll

“Faithfully executed, as the Constitution requires, the ACA was working and insurance markets were stable” – Andy Slavitt, former head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, 2015-2016. During the period from 2014 to 2016, the average premium went up by 106% according to the CMMS, and in 3 states average premiums went up by over 200%. This, he says, is a “stable” market. And he was in charge during most of that time frame. Prices continued to rise…

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Fake comments too? How everything is fake on the Internet

Fake comments too? How everything is fake on the Internet

This blog has commented in the past on the problem of fake reviews all over the Internet. Fake reviews are used to make a product sound better or sometimes to make a competitor’s product sound awful. It is difficult to rely on Amazon product reviews, for example, because for many products, an overwhelming number of reviews are fake. Web sites like fakespot.com help people identify products that are flooded with fake reviews. I rarely look at YouTube comments but just…

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