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Government Social Media Manipulation and the Common Garden Troll
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Government Social Media Manipulation and the Common Garden Troll
Government Social Media Manipulation and the Common Garden Troll

I have attached links to a number of articles, in relation to techniques including ‘astro-turfing’ and other government and commercial strategies. These strategies are currently being used to manipulate social media, including Twitter and Facebook.

Included is information in relation to U.S. Military Intelligence, which is currently using military personnel to run multiple propaganda accounts on social media websites. A single personnel member can run up to fifty of these ‘sock-puppet’, i.e. multiple, accounts at the same time.

The U.S. Government and other organisations, are also contract-employing marketing companies around the world, to conduct this social media ‘persona management’. These marketing companies are using such propaganda accounts at this time.

The U.S. Military and contracted marketing companies, are also using multiple ‘metal gear sock-puppet’ accounts. These accounts are operated by soft-ware which provides a capacity to present vastly falsely-inflated statistics to support any viewpoint considered desirable, for example to present an impression that many Twitter account holders are opposed to WikiLeaks and Julian Assange. These accounts also attempt to influence public opinion by the use of propaganda, smear, false information and polemic.

Catch-phrases and profanities are programmed into ‘metal gear sock-puppet’ software to add authenticity and create an impression of a human operator. Some are programmed to pick up on key words such as “Israel”, “Palestine”, “Assange” or “Wikileaks” etc. The intention behind these accounts is to chip away at public opinion and the credibility of government detractors and activists, as well as to gather intelligence about opposition groups and individuals.

The use of such accounts to attack Julian Assange and WikiLeaks

Multiple ‘sock puppet’ accounts are currently being used to attempt to damage the credibility of WikiLeaks and Julian Assange, by spreading false information and to falsely inflate the perception of opposition.

Many anti-Assange trolling accounts are multiple “sock-puppet” accounts, being operated by the same paid employees of marketing companies, whose bills are being paid by entities such as the U.S. Government. Some of these accounts belong to actual people, however misguided, who are operating multiple accounts for the same purpose. Many of these Twitter accounts tend to ‘follow’ each other and it is often easy to spot a single operator is using multiple accounts. With most of them, their follower support appears to be pathetically limited, even with the multiple account holders following them.

Often it is easy to spot who is operating the same accounts by which accounts pop up together to verbally harass anyone commenting in support of Assange or seen contradicting an anti-Assange troll. This appears similar to how animals puff themselves up to make themselves look bigger and more threatening.

A few trolling accounts appear to belong to people who are simply misguided but a number of them dishonestly use multiple accounts and deliberately provide false information to smear WikiLeaks and its supporters.

I have noticed that there are a large number of dormant trolling accounts which have been set up and are waiting to be used. These accounts can be identified easily as they often retweet a few WikiLeaks and other tweets, to give an impression of authenticity and attract persons interested in WikiLeaks, so that they can then mislead them and manipulate their opinions.

My purpose in raising awareness of these tactics is to demonstrate the sick tactics that governments are indulging in to manipulate the public and blind us to the truth. These accounts themselves are merely a symptom of the greater disease inflicting the internet community.

Some interesting articles related to this topic:

U.S. Military says Metal Gear Sock-puppets are real - TG Daily

Software that tracks people on social media created by Defence firm - The Guardian

Revealed: U.S. Spy operation that manipulates Social Media - The Guardian

On-line Astroturfing gets sophisticated - Smart Planet
04-09-2013 10:17 PM
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