Revealed: US Spy Operation That Manipulates Social Media

Thursday Mar 17th 2011 by Datamation.com Staff
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A new "sock puppet" software program will allow military personnel to spread U.S. propaganda overseas via social media.

The Guardian: A California company has reportedly won a $2.76 million contract with the US Central Command (Centcom) to create software that would create and manage fake online identities. U.S. personnel would use those identities to spread propaganda in foreign countries.

According to Centcom spokesman Commander Bill Speaks, "The technology supports classified blogging activities on foreign-language websites to enable Centcom to counter violent extremist and enemy propaganda outside the US." That "foreign language" provision is important because conducting the same activities in English would violate the law.

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