FallenTabris writes: It should come as no surprise to any of us that both campaigns participating in this previous election utilized Twitter (and probably Facebook, too to create false consensus. But the real story doesn't stop at propagandizing for campaigns or parties--even military takes advantage of the the internet, as we learned last year when USA Today showed us how an on-the-ground pro-occupation propaganda contractor in Afghanistan, Leonie Industries, retaliated against the publication for exposing the fact that it "had failed to pay $4 million in federal taxes on time despite earning more than $200 million in contracts from the government... Shortly after USA TODAY made inquiries about the tax bills, fake Facebook and Twitter accounts, as well as phony fan club websites, were set up to disparage USA TODAY reporters. The co-owner of the company, Camille Chidiac, admitted to setting up some of the sites but said he did not use company resources in doing so. He had been suspended from receiving federal contracts because of the campaign, but the military lifted the suspension late last year." So, propaganda contractors for the Pentagon use social media to shape public opinion. Even here on Slashdot, are disinformation agents in our midst? Who hasn't experienced abuse of the moderation system here, which, by somewhat consolidating rating decisions to a group of relatively regular posters, allows high ratings (and great visibility!) for comments that are misleading and factually void?
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