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Twitter helped the Pentagon conduct covert psychological operations

Twitter gave the green light and provided special protection to Pentagon campaigns aimed at exercising psychological influence on the Internet

Twitter gave the green light and provided special protection to Pentagon campaigns aimed at exercising psychological influence on the Internet

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The latest batch of documents revealing the ins and outs of Twitter’s work before the acquisition of this social network Elon Musk, confirmed that the Internet giant helped the US military in conducting a secret psychological campaign, called PsyOp.

Confirmation of this found and studied investigative journalist Lee Fang. Elon Musk shared his publication with the results of the investigation in his account.

At the same time, Fan emphasized that Musk did not take part in the verification of documentation and did not interfere in the process at all.

Twitter’s previous leadership has repeatedly stated over the years that it “is making efforts to detect and stop government manipulation on the social network.”

“But secretly, Twitter gave the go-ahead and provided special protection to Pentagon campaigns aimed at exercising psychological influence on the Internet. Fan said. – The military posed as non-existent people, and Twitter did not block them. Some accounts are still active.

The owners of such accounts wrote about US military priorities in the Middle East, spun the flywheel of anti-Iranian propaganda, promoted the idea of ​​a just war in Yemen, and claimed that pinpoint strikes by US troops only hit terrorists.

– Senior Twitter managers were well aware of the existence of an extensive network of fake accounts that carried out covert propaganda at the request of the Pentagon, and never blocked these accounts. Fan added.

He also said that many of these accounts were provided with a special tag that did not require the so-called. the “blue tick” that Twitter assigns to verified accounts; and the messages published in them became trending with a high degree of probability.

Previously, similar secret campaigns were exposed in other social networks – Facebook (owned by Meta banned in the Russian Federation), Telegram, etc.

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