While this is probably a big 4chan joke ...I don't like to underestimate a disinfo campaign even if its a domestic 4chan trolling operation. Here is some #NPC background. I am also not one to suggest u put ur head in the sand & block these #infosec#opsec
As others have pointed out this appears to have developed much like Pepe the frog ...out of the 4chan netherworld of the internet. Reading the timeline of this fake account @BKrassenstein69 they are using to troll the real account @Krassenstein gives u the very racist flavor
Love the tool Hoaxy. Using it we were very quickly able to identify roughly 50 Twitter accounts all very related and most created this month. I am sure there are many more. #NPC#infosec#opsec
On February 27, 1933 the German Parliament building burned, Adolf #Hitler rejoiced, and the #Nazi era began. 1/
#Hitler, who had just been named head of a #government that was legally formed after the democratic #elections of the previous November, seized the opportunity to change the system. “There will be no mercy now,” he exulted. “Anyone standing in our way will be cut down.”
The next day, at Hitler’s advice and urging, the #German#president issued a decree “for the protection of the people and the state.”
⚡️“Right now there are 1000s and 1000s of fingers hard at work to penetrate your psyche”—Lyudmila Savchuk, activist who infiltrated Russia’s notorious Internet Research Agency propaganda troll farm named in Mueller indictment, speaking at #StratComDC. #disinformation@ACEurasia
That was amazing. Lyudmila Savchuk told of her breakdown after infiltrating Russia’s engine of world wide political warfare—Internet Research Agency troll factory in St Petersburg. Most shocking to her: They—fake persona disinformation operations—are everywhere. #StratComDC
.@apolyakova: Russia didn’t invent new technology. It exploited already available PR tools. They spread disinformation the way @Nike sells sneakers. The strategy is “firehose of falsehood”—drowning out information space (& truth) in a sea of planted propaganda. #StratComDC
First thing that turned up was this article from the site newsbeezer(.)com (site title: Bulgaria Evening News). As you can see in the screenshot, @PropOrNotApp is quoted discussing conditions during fires in neighboring Greece. Sure, why not?
What else is on this site? Well, they appear to be big fans of the National Front for the Salvation of Bulgaria, normally abbreviated to NFSB, though oddly they seem to alternate the abbreviation between NFFS and NPSB. Neither appear affiliated with another political party.
A simple thread on the amplification of disinformation on Twitter, using fake accounts & automation. Also known as astroturfing. Read on, if you want to bolster your digital media literacy. 1. Meet @/shocker_daily, a low rent 'alternative news' provider.
2. You'll notice I use the / to prevent amplifying @/shocker_daily myself. Like naughty children, bad actors like this thrive on any attention, negative or otherwise. All attention helps them come to prominence in Twitter's promotion algorithm.
Don't help them, right?
3. These actors will typically insert themselves into the mentions of prominent figures & 'influencers' - frequently journalists.
They want to give the impression of a 'grassroots' response on their chosen talking point. To fool the journalist & his/her followers.
Russia’s social-media trolling op began stepping up its Twitter presence to new heights in late July 2017 -- more than 8 months after sowing discord and disinformation in the 2016 election. bloomberg.com/amp/news/artic…
This burst of activity－revealed in a new dataset of nearly 3m tweets－focused on pushed headlines & news stories originally from US-based, pro-Trump site, 'Truthfeed' which specializes in hyper-partisan, factually incorrect stories...aka Right-wing propaganda.
By 10/22/17, right before Twitter banned nearly all of the known accounts linked to the IRA's troll farm, Truthfeed content accounted for about 95% of the accounts’ English-language activity.
Does AUSA Moira Kim Penza, prosecutor in the fed. #NXIVM#RICO criminal racketeering case, realize that her indictments of #NXIVM leader, Keith Raniere aka "Vanguard," last March, may have affected the outcome of the 2018 Mexican Presidential Election? #ArizonaMafia#Democrats
Moira Kim Penza is 1 of the main prosecutors in the federal #NXIVM#RICO criminal case. A #RICO case is very serious; it is 1 of the most complex types of prosecutions the U.S. Government can initiate. Moira's boss is Richard P. Donoghue, U.S. Atty for the Eastern District of NY.
Penza is a smart lawyer. According to publicly available information, she studied at Cornell Law School, a private Ivy League University located in Ithaca, New York. Cornell was ranked the #13 law school in America, out of 203 law schools, by U.S. News & World Report, in 2018.
Starting to read this UK House of Commons report: Disinformation and ‘fake news’: Interim Report
It addresses Cambrige Analytica and data targeting; has actual recommendations for dealing with this topic. #TruthMatters#disinformation
There are many potential threats to our democracy and our values. One such threat arises from what has been coined ‘fake news’, created for profit or other gain, disseminated through state-sponsored programmes, or spread through the deliberate distortion of facts, ...
by groups with a particular agenda, including the desire to affect political elections.
The focus of our inquiry moved from understanding the phenomenon of ‘fake news’, distributed largely through social media, to issues concerning the very future of democracy.
NEW: Trump's slippery disinformation & Giuliani's admissions to both conspiracy w/ Russia's attack on 2016 US election AND obstruction to cover it up: Today he said 1) Collusion is not a crime. 2) Trump didn't ATTEND Trump Tower meeting (no longer denying he didn't know about it)
MORE on Rudy Giuliani’s stunning admissions: Team Trump had a “Planning Meeting” on June 7 to strategize for infamous June 9 Trump Tower meeting w/ Russians seeking sanctions relief for Clinton dirt. Rick Gates—cooperating w/Mueller—attended. talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/rudys-b… via @joshtpm
Giuliani's scraping the barrel in search of a defense for his client who encouraged & took part in Russia's conspiracy to attack 2016 election. Collusion-is-not-a-crime is a talking point from May '17—before we even knew of Trump Tower Meeting. 👇@donlemon
"Trump is a business man. He will understand that spending is not just about input, but also about output. You can spend 2% on your national defence budget, but not do anything for NATO. Focus must be on capabilities."
BREAKING >> Following detailed analysis of samples, British counter-terrorism police confirm unconscious man & woman in #Amesbury have been exposed to the nerve agent #Novichok—the same nerve agent that poisoned Yulia & Sergei #Skripal#Russia#Wiltshire
I ran into a rabid Brexiter on my evening walk today. Talked about how happy he was now that UK was leaving the EU. I tried to keep my cool and think I managed to get in a few hard facts, like it’s not the EU forcing a hard border in Ireland #Disinformation#Brexit
The guy happens to be an (unfollowed but not unfriended) FB friend, and he offered me a ride home and said “Please don’t unfriend me.”
He’s decent enough, but very ill informed. I also told him that I’ve never been to a country more ill informed about EU than the UK.
I told him that there had been a massive anti EU disinformation campaign in the UK since the early 1990ies. The lies were so many the EU found it necessary to launch a separate page to debunk it. It has arond 600 entries, I sad.
Referring to this: blogs.ec.europa.eu/ECintheUK/euro…
Here's a real live example of a chaos agent who infiltrated the resistance, joined candidate rooms, warned others about infiltrators, used Russian talking points to turn black people against Dems, & now supports Trump. 1/ H/T @ManInTheHoody#ThursdayThoughts#disinformation
Back in December 2017 she warned people about infiltrators. Makes her look like real resistance, right? 2/ #FakeNews#infiltrator
She tweeted about Trump being a sexual predator, & a Survivors March for survivors of sexual assault. 3/
No es un fenómeno nuevo ni exclusivo de las redes sociales. Hemos hecho muchos chistes (incluido el genial @forges en @el_pais) sobre la máxima de la propaganda que decía que repetir adecuadamente mil veces una mentira la convierte en verdad.
When Russia downed MH17 over Ukraine, I thought surely that’s the West’s wake-up call to Putin’s shocking aggression. 4 yrs later, Russia uses the same playbook to avoid culpability—deny, lie & kick up the propaganda machine. Truth’s a great antidote👉NEW JIT investigation video
Netherlands, Australia Hold #Russia Responsible for 2014 Shooting Down of Malaysian Airliner #MH17, Killing All 298 Passengers. Russian response to indisputable evidence identifying 🇷🇺army, 🇷🇺missile & 🇷🇺soldiers? Same old denials & #disinformation. npr.org/sections/thetw…
Russia masked its invasion of Ukraine w/ propaganda about "separatists" & "civil war." Flight MH17–downed by Russian forces w/ Russian equipment–blew the lid off Russia's lies, I wrote in 2015. It took time, but the Kremlin's finally busted for its terror. eastwestblog.net/2015/07/18/rus…
If you want to learn about bots, this is a great article:
There is no automated bot service that is completely accurate. It's best to look for a collection of traits and evaluate the account's behavior & content. It requires reading & #thinking. 3/5
One of the first more successful/costly ads, from 2015. Posts promising "updates" (including one about the Charleston shooting) seem to perform better so far. Also notice targeting- Baltimore, Ferguson, and surrounding.
Nothing like some good old patriotism to generate some clicks 🇺🇸
Just like with RT's cat and tsunami videos, this page was looking to draw people in before delivering more divisive content...
Disinformation promotes so much misleading & false info that people lose faith, give up. Disinformation is designed to weaken the enemy by discrediting it with lies and "leaks" of damaging "info". Hint: the enemy is us, the resistance. 2 washingtonpost.com/news/worldview…
Joseph #Stalin is credited with inventing the term "dezinformatsiya", defined in the Great Soviet Encyclopedia as "dissemination (in the press, on the radio, etc.) of false reports intended to mislead public opinion". 3 #ColdWar#Propaganda#Lies#misinformation
Critically ill Russian national is 66yo Sergei Skripal, former intel colonel/double agent granted refuge in UK after a 2010 "spy swap" between US & Russia. He and a woman were apparently poisoned in/near Salisbury shopping center. bbc.in/2D2oj7X
Ex-Russian spy & daughter 'poisoned' in UK sparks fears of another Kremlin-backed hit. Investigators scrambling to identify the chemical used. Skripal feared for his life after his wife died in a car crash & his son was killed in a road incident.. thesun.co.uk/news/5733372/s…
UK warns Kremlin over poisoning of ex-spy Skripal & his daughter. Recalling Litvinenko murder, FM Johnson said UK was "in the lead across the world" in trying to counteract a "host of malign activity" by Russia.
Skripal's brother, son & wife have been killed in the last 2 year.