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State Department Troll Farm Receives Huge Cash Infusion
« on: February 26, 2018, 06:53:18 PM »
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State Department Troll Farm Receives Huge Cash Infusion
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26 Feb 2018

The U.S. State Department will increase its online trolling capabilities and up its support for meddling in other countries. The Hill reports:

    The State Department is launching a $40 million initiative to crack down on foreign propaganda and disinformation amid widespread concerns about future Russian efforts to interfere in elections.

    The department announced Monday that it signed a deal with the Pentagon to transfer $40 million from the Defense Department’s coffers to bolster the Global Engagement Center, an office set up at State during the Obama years to expose and counter foreign propaganda and disinformation.

The professed reason for the new funding is the alleged but unproven "Russian meddling" in the U.S. election campaign. U.S. Special Counsel Mueller indicted 13 Russians for what is claimed to be interference but which is likely mere commercial activity.

The announcement by the State Department explains that this new money will not only be used for measures against foreign trolling but to actively meddle in countries abroad:

    Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Steve Goldstein said the transfer of funds announced today reiterates the United States’ commitment to the fight.

    “This funding is critical to ensuring that we continue an aggressive response to malign influence and disinformation and that we can leverage deeper partnerships with our allies, Silicon Valley, and other partners in this fight,” said Under Secretary Goldstein. “It is not merely a defensive posture that we should take, we also need to be on the offensive.”

The mentioning of Silicon Valley is of interest. The big Silicon Valley companies Google, Facebook and Twitter were heavily involved in the U.S. election campaign. The companies embedded people within the campaigns to advise them how to reach a maximum trolling effect:

    While the companies call it standard practice to work hand-in-hand with high-spending advertisers like political campaigns, the new research details how the staffers assigned to the 2016 candidates frequently acted more like political operatives, doing things like suggesting methods to target difficult-to-reach voters online, helping to tee up responses to likely lines of attack during debates, and scanning candidate calendars to recommend ad pushes around upcoming speeches.

In May 2016 the Hillary Clinton campaign even set up her own troll farm:

    Hillary Clinton's well-heeled backers have opened a new frontier in digital campaigning, one that seems to have been inspired by some of the Internet's worst instincts. Correct the Record, a super PAC coordinating with Clinton's campaign, is spending some $1 million to find and confront social media users who post unflattering messages about the Democratic front-runner.

    In effect, the effort aims to spend a large sum of money to increase the amount of trolling that already exists online.

Clinton is quite experienced in such issues. In 2009, during protests in Iran, then Secretary of State Clinton pushed Twitter to defer maintenance of its system to "help" the protesters. In 2010 USAid, under the State Department set up a Twitter-like service to meddle in Cuba.

The foreign policy advisor of Hillery Clinton's campaign, Laura Rosenberger, initiated and runs the Hamilton68 project which falsely explains any mentioning of issues disliked by its neo-conservative backers as the result of nefarious "Russian meddling".

The State Department can build on that and other experience.

Since at least 2011 the U.S. military is manipulating social media via sock puppets and trolls:

    A Californian corporation has been awarded a contract with United States Central Command (Centcom), which oversees US armed operations in the Middle East and Central Asia, to develop what is described as an "online persona management service" that will allow one US serviceman or woman to control up to 10 separate identities based all over the world.
    ...
    The Centcom contract stipulates that each fake online persona must have a convincing background, history and supporting details, and that up to 50 US-based controllers should be able to operate false identities from their workstations "without fear of being discovered by sophisticated adversaries".

It was then wisely predicted that other countries would follow up:

    The discovery that the US military is developing false online personalities – known to users of social media as "sock puppets" – could also encourage other governments, private companies and non-government organisations to do the same.

Israel is long known for such information operations in which its paid trolls not only comment on issues on social media but actively manipulate Wikipedia entries. Such astroturfing has since become a common tool in commercial marketing campaigns.

With the new money the State Department will expand its Global Engagement Center (GEC) which is running "public diplomacy", aka propaganda, abroad:

    The Fund will be a key part of the GEC’s partnerships with local civil society organizations, NGOs, media providers, and content creators to counter propaganda and disinformation. The Fund will also drive the use of innovative messaging and data science techniques.

    Separately, the GEC will initiate a series of pilot projects developed with the Department of Defense that are designed to counter propaganda and disinformation. Those projects will be supported by Department of Defense funding.

This money will be in addition to the large funds the CIA traditionally spends on manipulating foreign media:

    “We’ve been doing this kind of thing since the C.I.A. was created in 1947,” said Mr. Johnson, now at the University of Georgia. “We’ve used posters, pamphlets, mailers, banners — you name it. We’ve planted false information in foreign newspapers. We’ve used what the British call ‘King George’s cavalry’: suitcases of cash.”
    ...
    C.I.A. officials told Mr. Johnson in the late 1980s that “insertions” of information into foreign news media, mostly accurate but sometimes false, were running at 70 to 80 a day.

Part of the new State Department money will be used to provide grants. If online trolling or sock puppetry is your thing, you may want to  apply now.
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Re: State Department Troll Farm Receives Huge Cash Infusion
« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2018, 07:26:24 PM »
Part of the new State Department money will be used to provide grants. If online trolling or sock puppetry is your thing, you may want to  apply now.

Where can I apply for one of these grants?  I'm a PROFESSIONAL!  :icon_mrgreen:

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Re: State Department Troll Farm Receives Huge Cash Infusion
« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2018, 11:05:03 PM »
Part of the new State Department money will be used to provide grants. If online trolling or sock puppetry is your thing, you may want to  apply now.

Where can I apply for one of these grants?  I'm a PROFESSIONAL!  :icon_mrgreen:

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You are political and unsuited for the job.  The job represents the status-quo so the 'book' on which comments must be based is too conservative for your brain and you would not follow it.  You are most likely already listed as playing on the wrong side of the fence already.  I KNOW I am.  We have been photographed together.  End of story.

That aside the whole affair is quite insidious since the claim of an :

initiative to crack down on foreign propaganda

Is a shovel full of bull to any thinking person.  The reason is simple, every one of us here has posted stuff we found from foreign sources.  Every regular diner has if we go back far enough.  Let s see Hmmmmmmmmmmmm.  I know!  hows things going in Donbass?



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Monday, February 26, 2018 - 10:56

In 24 hours, there were registered 17 ceasefire violations on the contact line by the Ukrainian army. This was reported today in the Operational Command of the Republic.

    "Over the past day, the Ukrainian Armed Forces committed 17 violations of the ceasefire regime," the source said. 

According to the Command, 12 settlements of the Republic were subjected to shellings, during which heavy arms, IFV weapons,  mortars, grenade launchers and small arms were used.

Here is where I got that stuff:




Now a foreign source has appeared on the Diner and the State Department has all the justification they need to investigate any Diner they wish to any depth they wish and that includes anal probing and checking all your tax records.  Any civil rights you thought you may have had K-Dog has just kicked to the curb.  Lets just hope it doesn't get so far they decide to start doing medical experiments on us.  MKUltra anyone?



And there is more.

The source for this comment has two links to the Donbass News Agency logo.  One of them stopped working within minutes of making this comment.


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The Global Engagement Center was set up in April 2016 to counter terrorist and foreign government propaganda, before there was public knowledge of Russia's efforts to interfere in the election.

The snake has many heads and the Global Engagement Center is but a crumb of the pie.


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Re: State Department Troll Farm Receives Huge Cash Infusion
« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2018, 03:02:16 AM »

You are political and unsuited for the job.  The job represents the status-quo so the 'book' on which comments must be based is too conservative for your brain and you would not follow it.

For a big enough grant my politics can change!  :icon_sunny:  Code Name the Anti-Impaler!  I'll spray out the disinformation like an AR-15 on steroids!  Full Metal Jacket trolling!  The Rambo of the Internet!

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