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Meta announces US military has weaponized it's platform to push world wide fake propaganda targeting Russia and china
Meta confirms US military tied to fake social media accounts in influence campaign
A network of fake accounts across Facebook and Instagram that were promoting a pro-U.S. narrative was tied to individuals associated with the U.S. military, parent company Meta said Tuesday.

The social media giant removed dozens of phony accounts along with relevant pages and groups that impersonated their targeted communities and spread contents that depicted the U.S. in a favorable light in the Middle East and Central Asia, the company said in its quarterly adversarial threat report.

Meta said that the people behind the operation “attempted to conceal their identities and coordination,” but the company still “found links to individuals associated with the U.S. military.”

On Wednesday, a Pentagon spokesperson told SC Media that the department is aware of Meta’s report but did not comment or suggest potential actions as a result.

The Washington Post reported in September that the Pentagon ordered an audit of clandestine information warfare when the operation was first disclosed in August in a joint investigation by Stanford Internet Observatory and social media intelligence company Graphika, with whom Meta shared detailed information about the network. According to the Post, U.S. Central Command, which oversees U.S. military operations in the Middle East, is among the entities under the Pentagon’s scrutiny.
The joint study published in August revealed that the campaigns promoting pro-Western narratives were not a one-time operation but had lasted for nearly five years.

“These campaigns consistently advanced narratives promoting the interests of the United States and its allies while opposing countries including Russia, China, and Iran,” the study read. “The accounts heavily criticized Russia in particular for the deaths of innocent civilians and other atrocities its soldiers committed in pursuit of the Kremlin’s ‘imperial ambitions’ following its invasion of Ukraine in February this year.”

The study also noted that the fake accounts sometimes shared news articles from U.S. government-funded media outlets and U.S. military-sponsored websites to further propagate their contents.

Meta’s report Tuesday confirmed that the campaigns posted criticism of Iran, China, and Russia, including Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, China’s treatment of Uyghur people, Iran’s influence in the Middle East, and the support of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan by Russia and China.

In addition, Meta said the operation also spread misinformation about terrorism concerns, U.S. military activities, and the COVID-19 pandemic, with some of them being removed by the company.
Oh so it's exactly like the Voice of America and Radio Free Europe, which have been spreading "pro-western propaganda" for over 70 years. Now it's on the internet. (implying it wasn't always, the internet is a US military invention)

This doesn't seem much like news.
You will obey the new world order or we will use f-35 fighter jets and a crusade of commie commanders to bombard your house; and you will be happy
>the Voice of America and Radio Free Europe,
Fun fact. The most recent CEO of these businesses moved on to be the CEO of npr, highlighting nprs commitment to government propaganda
Is Sesame Street and Mr. Rogers "government propaganda"?
How insane do you have to bring up mr Rogers in a discussion about propaganda outlets wholely owned and operated by the US State Department?
Sesame street promotes unadulterated vaccine propaganda in the 70s. And they did it again with the covid vaccines. As a children's TV show no less. They have untold amounts of blood on their hands
Mr Rogers spearheaded false conservative narratives during his time, pushing the oft believed lives that the 50s was a time of white picket fences and wholesome family values for the white patriarchal power structure that existed during that time period
>“These campaigns consistently advanced narratives promoting the interests of the United States and its allies while opposing countries including Russia, China, and Iran,” the study read.

Yeah, and?
It's funny how much of that social media propaganda somehow targeted American audiences no?
I wonder what political party was in power when this whole smith-mundt modernization act was amended to allow the US to target it's own people with propaganda
Funny how when the accusation was that Russian/Chinese propaganda was being used on social media to influence an election, conservatives gave precisely zero shits. Now that it's American propaganda it's suddenly an issue.

Eat a whole bag of dicks, hypocrites
American military targeted their own country with propaganda
This was literally illegal until the prior Democrat rule (prior to trump) made it legal for the US State Dept to target Americans with propaganda
Why does the left *love* being gaslit so much?
Oh yeah because that's the only reason people fall for their bullshit, gaslighting
Nice revisionism.
Smith-mundt modernization act.
It's real.
Democrats authorized the legal dissemination of US propaganda targeting US citizens
It does exactly the opposite of what you claim.

>Authorizes the Secretary and the Board to make available in the United States motion pictures, films, video, audio, and other materials prepared for dissemination abroad or disseminated abroad pursuant to such Act, the United States International Broadcasting Act of 1994, the Radio Broadcasting to Cuba Act, or the Television Broadcasting to Cuba Act.

>Amends the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 1986 and 1987 to prohibit funds for the Department of State or the Board from being used to influence public opinion or propagandizing in the United States. (Under current law such provision applies to the United States Information Agency [USIA].)

>Applies such prohibition only to programs carried out pursuant to the United States Information and Educational Exchange Act of 1948, the United States International Broadcasting Act of 1994, the Radio Broadcasting to Cuba Act, and the Television Broadcasting to Cuba Act.

>States that such provision shall: (1) not prohibit the Department or the Board from providing information about its operations, policies, programs, or program material, or making such information available to members of the media, public, or Congress; (2) not be construed to prohibit the Department from engaging in any medium of information on a presumption that a U.S. domestic audience may be exposed to program material; and (3) apply only to the Department and the Board and to no other federal department or agency.
Remember when NPR lied about Rittenhouse and said there wasn't any evidence that he acted in self-defense?

NPR is government propaganda and should be defunded.
>The act does not prohibit the entirety of the Executive Branch from distributing information at home, just the State Department and Broadcasting Board of Governors
>The military, under power of the executive branch, is exempt from this provision
>The article is about the US military distributing domestic propaganda
Try reading better

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