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STOCKHOLM — With a vigorous national debate underway on whether Sweden should enter a military partnership with NATO, officials in Stockholm suddenly encountered an unsettling problem: a flood of distorted and outright false information on social media, confusing public perceptions of the issue.
The claims were alarming: If Sweden, a non-NATO member, signed the deal, the alliance would stockpile secret nuclear weapons on Swedish soil; NATO could attack Russia from Sweden without government approval; NATO soldiers, immune from prosecution, could rape Swedish women without fear of criminal charges.
They were all false, but the disinformation had begun spilling into the traditional news media, and as the defense minister, Peter Hultqvist, traveled the country to promote the pact in speeches and town hall meetings, he was repeatedly grilled about the bogus stories.
“People were not used to it, and they got scared, asking what can be believed, what should be believed?” said Marinette Nyh Radebo, Mr. Hultqvist’s spokeswoman.
Berlin police said in a statement that there is no evidence that the kidnapping and rape described in the report took place and urged "sensitive handling of the subject on social media", after rumours of the alleged attack spread online.
Writing on Bloomberg View, commentator Leonid Bershidsky said that the case exposed the workings of Russian president Vladimir Putin's propaganda machine, which is "actively using the continent's refugee crisis and the Russian-speaking diaspora's wariness about it to destabilize governments that are hostile to him, including Chancellor Angela Merkel's in Germany." Deutsche Welle reported that approximately six million Russian speakers in Germany have access to Channel One.
The Channel was criticised in 2013, after broadcasting a fake report claiming that Ukrainian soldiers had crucified a three year old boy. In August 2015, the EU set up a special task force charged with countering Russian anti-EU propaganda.
If you can make people afraid and or angry - you can influence policy and law
originally posted by: Darkchao45
It makes sense that this helped Trump win the election. There is legit corruption in government and with the Clintons, but most everything else is made up sensationalism that started the day Obama took power.
All the re-posts and re-tweets I see some of my less educated family members post who read only the headline and nothing else are fueling this get money quick scam.
There are three key restrictions on the U.S. State Department in the Smith–Mundt Act.
The first and most well-known restriction was originally a prohibition on domestic dissemination of materials intended for foreign audiences by the State Department. The original intent was the Congress, the media and academia would be the filter to bring inside what the State Department said overseas. In 1967, the Advisory Commission on Information (later renamed the Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy) recommended the de facto prohibition on domestic distribution be removed noting that there is "nothing in the statutes specifically forbidding making USIA materials available to American audiences.
The amendment said the information activities should only be conducted if needed to supplement international information dissemination of private agencies; that the State Department was not to acquire a monopoly of broadcasting or any other information medium; and that private sector leaders should be invited to review and advise the State Department in this work.
originally posted by: BuzzyWigs
a reply to: Logarock
You didn't read the article. Libs don't fall for the fake news sites.