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'Protecting Against #Disinformation: Using Inoculation to Cultivate Reactance Towards #Astroturf Attacks'.

How useful is the counter-persuasive strategy of 'inoculation', including 'prebunking'?…
The use of inoculation within the public relations industry is not novel. The current study shows that organizations, when able, should proactively respond to astroturf attacks rather than ignore the attack.
Responding proactively with an inoculation message significantly improved crisis outcomes such as attitudes & behavioral intentions compared to no response. This is important, as crisis literature doesn't explicitly recommend organizations respond to all paracrisis situations.
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We zijn nu op het punt gekomen dat Kamerleden Caroline citeren. De tweet die ze deelt is van ICONS die samen werken met conservatief christelijke groepen zoals de ADF - een groep die o.a. homoseksualiteit opnieuw wil criminaliseren #astroturf…
“Lawmakers claim the bans are designed to protect women, rather than to discriminate against a vulnerable group, but LGBTQ advocates argue they are a solution in search of a problem”…
“Nowhere in the country has allowing trans girls to participate in sports led to an epidemic of boys pretending to be trans so that they can compete in girls’ sports.”…
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A common refrain from anti-anonymity #Facebook apologists is that its #RealNamesPolicy promoted "civility" by making users "accountable" for their words. In this conception, snuffing out anonymous speech is key to protecting "the vulnerable" from trolls and other bad actors. 1/ Cambodian dictator Hun Sen's Facebook photo of himself swimm
If you'd like an essay-formatted version of this thread to read or share, here's a link to it on, my surveillance-free, ad-free, tracker-free blog:… 2/
But while some trolls hide behind anonymity, others are only too happy to sign their vitriol. #DonaldTrump didn't need an anonymous account. #TuckerCarlson is right there in the chyron. 3/
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This tweet won't be liked now but will age well. Like all past promises, future funds 4 #LossAndDamage won't appear, or be deducted from other development funds, or made as loans, & much of it will end up in the pockets of the rich in North & South #cop27…
That is NOT cynicism, but an extrapolation into the future based on empirical analysis of past rich world promises on adaptation & mitigation funding. It is NOT cynical to reject elite hype & uphold the critique of climate finance from the real grassroots…
In the coming years we will see who are the "#astroturf" #climateactivists that serve as sychophants to power & promote only ecomodernist ideas on the crisis, versus the real networks of solidarity formed by people who know what justice & healing involves. I met both at #COP27
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Another #astroturf organization intended to "crack and frack" demographic groups in the US.
Shared fonts (Big Calson).
Shared state (Florida).
Shared focus (Right wing politics).
#rightwingwatch ImageImage
Oh, and a shared fascination with nonsense from Mr. James Lindsay, it appears.
There is some room to expand, I suppose, from "Marxism" & "CRT" (schools) to "Communism" (China) when it comes to manufacturing fear and outrage. ImageImage
#Asians4Liberty seems to play into fears of "The Great Reset" and things like the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and lobby group The World Economic Forum (WEF).
It attempts to tap into fear of global government.
I'll see your sovereign citizen and raise you one nation! Image
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So Mr Jason Shoeaddict, one of the Facebook admins for the "Convoy to Ottawa 2022 group with 108,322 members that @PiperK notes in her great thread here is 100% a "ThisPersonDoesNotExist" GAN image. #OSINT #Disinfo #astroturf
Jason Shoeaddict works for National Geographic TV whatever that means & this particular Facebook group is being promoted by disgraced General Michael Flynn. This whole Trucker protest in Ottawa Canada, now growing to other locations in the EU & US, is being astroturfed. #OSINT
Jason Shoeaddict of course doesn't exist in Tineye. Not definitive by any means, however when u combine it with a couple other techniques we've discovered we can say with high confidence, that Jason is an image of a person that doesnt exist & is algorithmically generated (GAN)
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"Muuh, Bobby, what's up with the #Novak scandal/ @AustralianOpen?"

This is for sure not a #PsyOp, right @DjokerNole?

@novakfoundation supports social impact markets, digital child labour for hedge funds, the #4IR @wef- agenda.

@ProfKlausSchwab approves.…

Credits for above tweet actually belong to @WWakeUpTime.
Poor @DjokerNole is now isolated at Melbourne Airport.
Will @ProfKlausSchwab/@wef intervene at @AustralianOpen? Is this all just a CheapThrills #Astroturf-#PsyOp for the mainstream normie to seed some Scripted Reality 'predictive programming'? "No Vax, No Winner Cup"? Poll below. ImageImage
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How did this tweet from #Texit supporter and lieutenant governor candidate @TheTexianDM get more retweets than likes, mostly from accounts with GAN-generated profile pics?

(GAN = "generative adversial network", the AI technique used by

cc: @ZellaQuixote Image
Answer: @TheTexianDM's tweet was retweeted by an botnet consisting of (at least) 1081 accounts created in September, October, or November 2021. All 1081 accounts tweet exclusively via the Twitter Web app, and almost all of their tweets are retweets. #astroturf ImageImageImageImage
The accounts in this network mostly retweet cryptocurrency/blockchain/NFT content, but there are exceptions - gaming accounts, musicians, and political accounts turn up as well. Image
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/1 @CarlyAtch and @GovStitt went to Tulsa ER on date #StittVirusDeathCount hit 10,000+ Oklahoma COVID deaths not because they cared about Oklahomans.

They did it to spread disinformation, set up excuse for the deaths, and most disgustingly,

To Astroturf for DeSantis.

/2 At the time of this post, the debunked @CarlyAtch tweet of Thursday had 76 retweets, the first being from the Press Secretary of Florida Governor DeSantis, Christina Pushaw.

Coordination, or coincidence?
/3 On my scan through the 76 retweets, I found 4 (allegedly) Oklahoma-based posters, 2 being institutional, and 2 appeared to spam retweet dozens of GOP-propaganda tweets daily.

I did find lots of Floridians though.

The next 4 pages of retweets.

Coordination, or coincidence?
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Meet @aykacmis, @degismece, @anlamislar, @aykacti, @kayitlii, and @donmedim, a sextet of blue-check verified Twitter accounts created on June 16th, 2021. None has yet tweeted and all have roughly 1000 followers (and mostly the *same* followers).

cc: @ZellaQuixote
Two of these six accounts (@kayitlii and @aykacti) have photographs of people as their profile pics. Despite the presence of the blue verification checkmark, neither image is likely to depict the account holder as both images appear to be stolen.
These six newly-created verified accounts have 977 followers in common. One is @verified (which follows all blue-check verified accounts). The other 976 were all created on June 19th or June 20th, 2021, and all follow the same 190 accounts. #Astroturf
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I want to take a moment to remind people,

the history of all these types of "movements",

back to the #FrenchRevolution & beyond,

Is one of controlled opposition--#SunTzu, #Machiavelli, #GameTheory--and beyond.

If you don't think they stage all this with outcomes in mind...
Please keep reading.

You'd be better served to look up #Cointelpro, especially in relation to past movements in the Black Community i.e. #MLK #MalcolmX and even #TupacShakur [LINK: ]
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@GovMikeDeWine I’ve watched your daily #coronavirus pressers with great interest. I applaud the measures you took in March & appreciate the political position you’re in abt starting business in Ohio. I however DON’T HAVE any confidence in the majority of the citizens
to continue to follow (if they ever did) the practice of #PhysicalDistancing & protecting others or them respecting the wishes of us who do follow these concepts. At a visit to my area Kroger store in Mt. Orab OH today, the # of ppl NOT wearing 😷, crowding myself & others
who were masked outnumbered ppl like myself at least 10-1. I don’t credit all this as the fault of your administration, but you’re now falling short of the leadership our state needs & are acting more like #PresTrump. Ppl who don’t want to hear #medicalfacts abt the threat
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1. Do the @KochIndustries funded and @FoxNews, @POTUS @RealDonaldTrump amplified #Astroturf demonstrations fit the definition of domestic terrorism? I think they do.

Domestic Terrorism is defined by federal law.
2. 18 USC 2331(5) defines it as follows:
A. involve acts dangerous to human life that are in violation of criminal laws of the United States or any State.
B. appear to be intended -
(i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population
3. Cont.
(ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation; or
(iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping; and
C. occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States.
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1. Why @POTUS @RealDonaldTrump's reaction to declining polls may accelerate the fall of the @GOP in key @SenateGOP races.

First, @parscale IMO has been tasked to use #GRU model sock-puppets to attack @JoeBiden and to create buzz in Trump's Nazi base by a criminal occupation of
2. Michigan state house. Trump gets a rush between his Adderall hits & Parscale goes back to counting the money he's looted from Trump's campaign. But, as the images of these dangerous domestic terrorists playing the role of #AmericanISIS covers the news, more and more
3. moderate Democrats and Independents will be repulsed by the Koch owned @GOP that is the source of funding these criminal acts. So rather than re-charging Trump's diminishing base, the actions that Koch and Parscale are engaged in will accelerate Trump's crashing polls.
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1. PRC's state media evidences it will engage @POTUS @RealDonaldTrump and the Koch funded anti lock-down #astroturf activities in war of words. The piece I saw will be effective to hurt Trump. But the CCP ignores that it suppressed Wuhan's Dr. Li #Wenliang's (李文亮) reporting.
2. China has every right to criticize Trump's reaction. So do we. But China kept the lid on this. Choosing propaganda over transparency the CCP was foolish. And involvement in our election is unacceptable even when it helps my party.
3. We're not defenseless against propaganda from either Trump or the CCP. #Truth is always the best way to counter it.

We need ticktock from the @WHO communications with both PRC and USA. What did CDC know and then do about testing? @RepAdamSchiff @MarkWarner @JoeBiden @maddow
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Attention aux effets de loupe, qui sont aussi recherchés par les organisateurs (#astroturf). Pour l'instant, les manifestations "patriotiques" anti-#confinement, que #Trump exhorte, sont extrêmement petites en nombre. Pas d'élan populaire à cette heure.…
2) Hier au Nevada, à Las Vegas, on a compté environ 500 personnes rassemblées sur un Etat de 3 millions de personnes. Au Michigan, mercredi, ils étaient entre 3000 et 4000 personnes sur un Etat de 10 millions de personnes.…
3) Bien entendu, les images d'Alex Jones, le "pape" de la sphère conspirationniste, suprémaciste et anti-vaccins sur Infowars, passant en revue dans 1 Humvee ses partisans au #Texas ne peuvent qu'interpeller. Mais ils étaient 200 à 300 à Austin.…
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Avui @elsmatins ha sortit una vella coneguda, l’eterna estudianta a @UABBarcelona, la @JuliaMorenoR, pres @ShaAcabatNo, activista @Ciudadanos @JovesSCC amb la mateixa jugada de sempre: “Som totalment independents de qualsevol partit polític” ha dit, tota seriosa ella
@elsmatins @UABBarcelona @JuliaMorenoR @ciudadanos @JovesSCC La mateixa @JuliaMorenoR que va sortir a @EspejoPublico de la @susannagriso fa 2 anys fent-se la víctima apolítica amb 2 activistes més. La seva amiga diu que li criden "espanyola!" o "mira, la fatxa!" al campus. Imagineu: "Espanyola!!!" Sí, sí, el que tu diguis.
En el mateix muntatge d'@antena3com, @JuliaMorenoR diu que la @UABBarcelona permet que "difamen informació sobre elles" [sic]. L'altra amiga fent-se passar per una apolítica, marginada pels seus origens, és la @laura_casado96 de @cssabadell, @jovenesCs i @JovesSCC.
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Who's ready to kick some #ConCon Butt like we did last year!?

In 2018 only 1 #AstroTurf grps passed rslns calling for #ConventionOfStates

#COSProject: 0
#WolfPAC: 0
#BBATaskForce: 0
#USTermLimits: 2

In fact we trounced these grps so hard in 2018 they've come out swinging 2019

They're RABIDLY pushing #ConventionOfStates

#COSProject has already passed 2 (AR UT)

AND 2 being RAMMED thru MS & KS 🚨

2nd pg #NoConConTracker - see 1st pg for more info 👇…
#USTermLimits emboldened by their Victories in 2018 are pushing HARD to get more #ConventionOfStates rslns passed this year

🚨 2 are slated for FINAL VOTE - They're at FINISH LINE in #AZ & #GA


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So for the first time in quite a while a newcomer hashtag had top spot on the #Hamilton68 Dashboard -- #walkaway. We remembered seeing this hashtag in the past few weeks but didnt really know what it was or follow up on it. #infosec #opsec
The background story on this hashtag #walkaway is a little strange & the number of bots, trolls, & fake testimonial promoting this hashtag is even stranger. Here's an example of a completely fake tweet highlighted by @daveweigel #opsec #infosec
We decided to look retrospectively at our own reverse engineered #Hamilton68 data. This is a wordcloud of 22893 tweets from our main Hamilton68 troll subset going from June 24th until now & #walkaway takes the #1 spot. #infosec #opsec
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