1 vote

Revealed: US spy operation that manipulates social media

Revealed: US spy operation that manipulates social media

Monday, May 21, 2012 10:05

Posted on May 21, 2012 by Admin
Guardian – by Jeff Jarvis

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.

A Californian corporation has been awarded a contract with United States Central Command (Centcom), which oversees US armed operations in the Middle East and Central Asia, to develop what is described as an “online persona management service” that will allow one US serviceman or woman to control up to 10 separate identities based all over the world.

The project has been likened by web experts to China’s attempts to control and restrict free speech on the internet. 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.

Read more: Revealed: US spy operation that manipulates social media

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.

What do they mean

under development.... There were so many fake Mitt and Newt "friends" on Facebook whose only presense on the web is that facebook page. Only connected to other Newt or Mitt "friends", only comments pertaining to Newt or Mitt.

Im going out on a limb and say they have been doing this for a while now.

That explains all my down votes, eh?

Operation Troll