Beating the Big Lie- It is all about recognizing the TRUTH Folks!
A report on Online Reality and Co-opting
from our friends at Philly.fyi on Facebook
The fabrication of grassroots support for government policies and CANDIDATES on social media creates a closed loop in which the sheep-herding regime essentially endorses itself, leaving independent groups and ordinary citizens on the outside. By LYING to the citizens through the apparent conversations of one citizen to another through false social media accounts and Bots, they are able to justify crackdowns on the political opposition and make antidemocratic changes to laws and institutions without any REAL debate among citizens and the voters themselves.
Waking up to the FACT that we are being played and herded like sheep is not as easy as it might sound, because after all, the Madison Avenue marketing machines and the CIA disinformation operations have been at it strong and heavy since World War II, haven’t they? Oh YES they have! Always remember the person you are going back and forth with on Facebook or Twiter has at LEAST a 30% chance of being a bot or phony account looking to SUCK you into some Co-opt operation and brainwash the hell out of you!
And NOW it is ALL about Facebook and Twitter, isn’t it? After all President Trump (if it realty IS him tweeting all that shit) virtually by passes the once sacred, now almost irrelevant, fourth estate of the Press with this twitter account, doesn’t he? Yes He Does!
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The Sheep Herders have targeted mobile connectivity. Again and again, governments around the world have shut down mobile internet service for political or security reasons. Half of all internet shutdowns in the past year were directed at mobile connectivity, with most others affecting mobile and fixed-line service simultaneously. Many of the mobile shutdowns occurred in areas populated by minority ethnic or religious groups that have challenged the authority of the central government or sought greater rights, such as Tibetan areas in China and Oromo areas in Ethiopia. The actions cut off internet access for already marginalized people who depend on it for communication, commerce, and education.
The public use of smartphones to document events in real time turned ordinary internet users into citizen journalists—and easy targets for law enforcement officials. At least two video bloggers were arrested and a third was fined for broadcasting anti-government Freedom Day protests in Belarus. Now that live video streaming has gained popularity on Youtube, Facebook Live and and many other apps, some governments have attempted to restrict it, particularly during political protests. Officials often justified their restrictions by noting that live streaming can be misused to broadcast nudity or violence, but blanket bans on these tools prevent citizens from using them for any purpose. Don’t you just KNOW that is happening here now with selected account blackouts? For sure it is.
Physical attacks against netizens and online journalists expand dramatically. The number of countries that featured physical reprisals for online speech increased by 50 percent over the past year—from 20 to 30 of the countries assessed. Online journalists and bloggers who wrote on sensitive topics and individuals who criticized or mocked prevailing religious beliefs were the most frequent targets. In eight countries, people were murdered for their online expression. In Jordan, for example, a Christian cartoonist was shot dead after publishing an online cartoon that lampooned Islamist militants’ vision of heaven, while in Myanmar, an investigative journalist was murdered after posting notes on Facebook that alleged corruption.
Government critics received sentences of up to 11 years in prison for publishing articles on overseas websites. While such penalties are documented year after year, the July 2017 death of democracy advocate Liu Xiaobo from liver cancer while in custody was a stark reminder of the immense personal toll they may take on those incarcerated. Liu, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, had been in prison since a pro-democracy manifesto he coauthored was circulated online in 2009. News of his passing sparked a new wave of support—and censorship.
The United States also experienced an internet freedom decline. While the online environment in the United States remained vibrant and diverse, the prevalence of disinformation and hyperpartisan content had a significant impact. Proliferation of “fake news”—particularly on social media—peaked in the run-up to the November 2016 presidential election, but it continues to be a concern. Journalists who challenge Donald Trump’s positions have faced egregious online harassment.
According to estimates by cloud services provider Imperva Incapsula, bots made up 51.2 percent of all web traffic in 2016. Many of them conduct automated tasks for commercial purposes. For example, bots now play a vital role in monitoring the health of websites, ordering products online, and pushing new content from desktop websites to mobile apps. These “good bots” are identifiable and operated by many of the largest technology companies, including Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft. Malicious bots, however, are unidentifiable by design and have made up the majority of bot activity since 2013. They can be used for hacking, spamming, stealing content, and impersonating humans in public discussions.
Bots and fake news add a new sophistication to manipulation online
Repressive regimes have long sought to control the flow of information within their territories, a task rendered more difficult by the advent of the internet. When punitive laws, online censorship, and other restrictive tactics prove inadequate and comprehensive crackdowns are untenable, more governments are mass producing their own content to distort the digital landscape in their favor. Freedom House first tracked the use of paid pro-government commentators in 2009, but more governments are now employing an array of sophisticated manipulation tactics, which often serve to reinforce one another. Governments have effectively taken up the same tools that many grassroots democratic activists used to disrupt the state media narrative, and repurposed them to advance their antidemocratic agendas.
Studies have demonstrated the difficulty of detecting bots through any single criterion. On Twitter, bot accounts characteristically tweet frequently, retweet one another, and disseminate links to external content more often than human-operated accounts. Bots are also used in a transnational industry of artificial “likes” and followers. For example, a review of President Donald Trump’s Twitter followers by Newsweek in May determined that only 51 percent of his 30 million followers were real.
Internet Freedom Declines Globally: Disinformation tactics contributed to a seventh consecutive year of overall decline in internet freedom, finds a new report from Freedom House. Freedomonthenet. org
Independent websites are temporarily disabled. Activists and media outlets in at least 18 countries reported service interruptions caused by cyberattacks—especially DDoS attacks, in which simultaneous requests from many computers overwhelm and disable a website or system. These types of attacks have become an easy and relatively inexpensive way to retaliate against those who report on sensitive topics.
Just remember the cyber wolf is ALWAYS luring around your social media door people, dressed up like a sheep.