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Governments Are Manipulating the Internet Now more than Ever

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The Internet is a powerful tool and governments know this. Many countries are becoming digital where people consume opinions and information through the written word, images and video at an alarming rate. Many governments have seen this new opportunity to reach their constituents with concerning results.

 

On April 2, 2015, the Guardian reported on the army of trolls hired by the Russian Government to comment on online publications, social media networks and forums about the brilliance of Vladimir Putin and the awfulness of the West (1).

Working in twelve hour shifts and in teams, the paid writers’ roles included creating and filling fake blogs and spamming social areas of the Internet. They could not admit to being hired by the Government and were paid cash-in-hand. Their political “opinions”, controlled by the government, were disguised between the more gentle blogging topics of their own devising such as baking and entertainment.

According to the former employees interviewed, the same messages that they were pushed into creating were being echoed on the news, suggesting that the government wasn’t only seeking to control the Internet. Despite being only a small part of what seems to be a large propaganda campaign, the employed Russian trolls are expanding, aided by political upheavals such as the conflict with Ukraine.

The worrying part of this is that it seems to work. One former employee reported that her friends, who didn’t know of her part in the creation of the materials, would recite the information back to her (1).

 

 

 

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cia set up tech camp troll army all over ukraine prior to violent nazi "maidan" coup

cia tech camp troll training masquerade as "information technology support"

this british propaganda effort to cast the russian response to cia efforts as illegitimate is typical of the london liars.

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