Army of Fake Social Media Friends to Promote Propaganda

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posted on Feb, 28 2011 @ 01:01 PM
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Thread already started:

www.abovetopsecret.com...




posted on Feb, 28 2011 @ 01:24 PM
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This is real, and shouldn't surprise anyone. Marketers have been doing this on Twitter and Facebook, Myspace etc since day one.

In theory you wouldn't even need to have someone create unique software, I can send you several programs that do this.

I'm sure there's many other marketing exploits they use to dominate opinion. It wouldn't surprise me if they were abusing Digg, Delicious, Redi, Stumbleupon etc. Google Alerts to alert them to forum topic or blogs reporting on or discussing something of perceived importance. They'll especially be monitoring surveys and rigging results where they can.

Xrumer is a blackhat software that internet marketers use, I doubt government are using it, but they'll have something similar I'm sure.

The internet has traditionally been free, and the government are putting all their efforts into reeling in the power. Look at all the politician scum using the likes of Youtube to push their propoganda. They want internet to become controlled like the TV. Because without control they lose.

www.youtube.com...

Take that video for example. The most popular comments no longer have any thumbs up. Infact the rating system comments have been removed completely. Probably because the top rated under the video were anti-Cameron.

The dislikes for the video have also stagnated(I imagine in actual fact they've toyed with the count system), and the likes have gone up tenfold. The Like to Dislike ration was something about 1:100 yesterday. Now it's about 1:2

What's changed over night? Either Youtube are conspiring with the channel in question or government are using scripts to thumb down popular comments and repeatedly hit the 'like' button.

These things are observable. Infact if I have time I might collect some foolproof evidence and make a thread documenting the 'phenomena'



posted on Feb, 28 2011 @ 01:36 PM
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You know what? It occurs to me that this is a natural development of the Hollywood/Madison Avenue strategy of hiring a couple of dozen pretty young girls to scream, howl, and cry at the appearances of the "Justin Biber" du'jour.

They probably have all sorts of personalities 'placed' in social media... pro AND against whatever... some luring people into trouble, others pretending to go along so the target doesn't feel like they are alone in their cyber-adventure.....



posted on Feb, 28 2011 @ 01:41 PM
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With permission from a moderator, I will link to several software aimed at dominating social media through numbers.

So users can get a better idea and feel of these things and how they work. I have friends who use Twitter to push products. Thousands of accounts with thousands of followers on each. It's very real and extremely easy.

In fairness though I'm sure the government have better software than any available to purchase through the public domain.



posted on Feb, 28 2011 @ 01:42 PM
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Originally posted by Asktheanimals

Which stories get talked about, how they are spun and perceived public opinion will all be affected.
IMO they are amassing information that will be used to make people conform or expose themselves during some "crisis" of sorts, which will require everyone to sign on to some new electronic currency scheme or a public health crisis which requires everyone to be tested.


Funny, that you bring that up, as in this "covert document I just found, that is exactly what they have done!


The Powerpoint includes a slide describing the purpose of Themis’ pitch to H&W.

Purpose: Develop a corporate information reconnaissance service to aid legal investigations through the open source collection of information on target groups and individuals that appear organized to extort specific concessions through online slander campaigns.
emptywheel.firedoglake.com...



posted on Feb, 28 2011 @ 02:00 PM
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Originally posted by Expat888
A few clues to look for to spot fakes / multiples.
1. Gramaticle structure - no two people speak exactly the same.


...thats not true and the emphasis above is mine just for fun...


...my elder sister and i often sound identical, especially over the phone... we've confused everyone in our family numerous times, including spouses... mostly its not intentional but sometimes it is... when we were young, we used to imitate our mother perfectly and her dialect is a bit unique (think lily tomlin in the old telephone operator skits)... got us out of a lot of trouble, lol...

...grammaticle structure is simply not a good clue - too many variables...

...my sis and i write totally different than each other even though we were educated in the same schools (except for college)... her style does not change online - its very formal... i have a formal style too but thats reserved for professional dealings... if i used my formal style under another screamname, you wouldnt recognize that poster as wyn hawks...

...it wouldnt be hard for someone to mimick my informal online style, although they would have to be a damned good speller
and not spell-check dependent cuz that doesnt work so good if you're barely literate to begin with...


Originally posted by Expat888
2. Parroting word for word or nearly the same as the "official" version.
3. Unable to give proper reply to specific questions - keeps giving the "official" answers.
4. Lacking emotion behind the text - even online to a degree peoples emotion will show..
These are just a few tip offs that spot.. Hope others may find them of use..


...some folks will parrot cuz thats all they know how to do... some will parrot cuz they totally agree with the os... it doesnt mean they're a fake, a multiple or a spy... lack of emotion or too much emotion in someone's post(s) doesnt prove anything either...

...its all relative to the perceiver... if you're looking for someone to label a disinfo agent, a spy or whatever - you'll find one but that doesnt mean your opinion of them is valid...

...on topic - i agree with whoever said this multiple generator software thang is really nothing new... its just a modern version of the sos... one of its intents, imo, is to produce paranoia and thats certainly evident in all the threads about this topic...



posted on Feb, 28 2011 @ 02:08 PM
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I would be interested in some of the names of these software programs if for nothing more
than research/reference sake. You would not have to post links to the actual software...

I dont mind it you do, when you have Mod permission...



posted on Mar, 1 2011 @ 10:52 AM
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The two are very close these days, and maybe even sharing socks.


And morning coffee, dinner and the monetary equivalent of STD's.



posted on Mar, 1 2011 @ 10:58 AM
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Originally posted by NadaCambia
With permission from a moderator, I will link to several software aimed at dominating social media through numbers.

So users can get a better idea and feel of these things and how they work. I have friends who use Twitter to push products. Thousands of accounts with thousands of followers on each. It's very real and extremely easy.

In fairness though I'm sure the government have better software than any available to purchase through the public domain.


I think it would be fine if you have examples for us to review..... I'll go out on a limb and encourage you to do so..... although you really don't need "permission" if as you say, it's in furtherance of the discussion....



posted on Mar, 1 2011 @ 11:08 AM
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Maxmars,

Heh, I think your right. Normally I never look into this type of stuff,
however since you brought it up, you sparked my interest.

Lookie what I found....you might be intrested.
borneocolours.com...



posted on Mar, 1 2011 @ 06:59 PM
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There's so much WEIRD stuff going on with social media, and with really popular sites like this one.

I have a friend that runs software like Maltego to track users on the little boards and connect them to usernames on the bigger sites and FB and the like.

It's enough to make me paranoid.


I have always been paranoid. I NEVER use my real name on the net.

It is useful to google your name or "pen name" and see what comes up



posted on Mar, 29 2011 @ 01:26 PM
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Today, I had the pleasure of a visit from a new ATS member...

O P Blinker

Which led me to take a look at the recent finds concerning the Army of Fake Media Members...



According to the Guardian, United States Central Command (Centcom), which is responsible for military actions in the Middle East and central Asia, has awarded a $2.76m contract to Ntrepid, a Los Angeles-based company, to develop an "online persona management service".

The technology will allow one US operator to control 10 fake user accounts at the same time.

The contract is thought to be the latest extension of Operation Earnest Voice, a psychological warfare strategy that was conceived as a response to online al-Qaeda supporters.
www.thefirstpost.co.uk...


I am so glad that OpBlinker made the visit to ATS.

We are worthy!
edit on 29-3-2011 by burntheships because: (no reason given)



posted on Mar, 29 2011 @ 01:51 PM
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Thank you so much for that information - and for bringing this thread back up.




posted on Mar, 29 2011 @ 02:22 PM
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Intersting that Ntrepid seems to be a privately held company with virtually no internet footprint.

I would love to learn more about this company and it's place in the business community.





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