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originally posted by: Atsbhct
I work in publishing. This morning I'm in the states in the office. I've randomly overheard an IT and web consultant who also works with Facebook telling another IT guy that he was pretty sure from what he's been seeing at Facebook (huge amount of speculation here, obviously), he's 75% sure that the Storm Area 51 page was created (somehow) by Facebook and some shadowy government people to see what could motivate people to rally with 1 million plus numbers, how long it took to spread, and how long it took to die out once they shut the page down. According to the FB IT consultant, it was meant to translate into a "presidential persuasion" movement in 2020.
Now, I'm Canadian, so I'm not really involved in US politics, but this was pretty interesting to overhear, even if it's bunk. We all know facebook and the US government are playing the manipulation game.
originally posted by: Antipathy17
originally posted by: PublicOpinion
a reply to: Atsbhct
Also, why storm Area 51 when you could simply demand some oversight for all black projects with general strikes in all major cities?
The goal of the program -- Computational Simulation of Online Social Behavior (SocialSim) is to develop what the agency calls “innovative technologies for high-fidelity computational simulation of online social behavior. SocialSim will focus specifically on information spread and evolution. Current computational approaches to social and behavioral simulation are limited in this regard.”
DARAP said such highly accurate, scalable computerized simulation of how online information spreads would help analyze strategic disinformation campaigns by adversaries, deliver critical information to local populations during disaster relief operations and could potentially contribute to other critical missions in the online information domain.