RT @mckaycoppins: Trump and his allies are poised to wage what could be the most extensive disinformation campaign in U.S. history this year—and we’re not ready. My new feature for the March issue of The Atlantic: https://t.co/wW3zihKoqo
RT @StephenPiment: The mainstream media was full of praise for Obama's use of Facebook ads and similar online techniques.
But the same techniques are deemed scary and evil when disfavored candidates use them.
Btw, this dynamic also applies to cryptocurrency (a retail first market dependent on social networks). 👇
"They no longer need to silence the dissident shouting in the streets; they can use a megaphone to drown him out. Scholars have a name for this: censorship through noise." https://t.co/Hcctqp8Zds
The author opens basically describing having bought into the heavy left leaning biases of sources like The Atlantic and then he gets a healthy dose of general skepticism when exposed to right leaning political opinion news pieces or ad campaigns.
God forbid the assumptions you had about the intentions of the authors of these news pieces or ads masquerading as news pieces were called into question /s
He describes this as disinformation yet when people are peppering in opinion within supposed news pieces, it's a form of disinformation as well. At minimum it's editorializing. When the scope of an entire publication is bent towards certain political agendas or pushing stories which paint one side in a favorable light and one in a negative one, it's not that great a stretch to consider that a form of disinformation either. This isn't a new notion. Find me an article in WaPo where the title speaks to a positive action of the current president without some huge caveat or gotcha twist as the opening line.
Tiresome, these never-Trumper republicans. Maybe chuck forth a popular candidate rather than pearl clutching about social media campaigns and how susceptible to media manipulation other Americans must be because you can't fathom a world where people dislike traditional news sources who fail them time and again.
I mean.. Trump is called the conspiracy theorist by the guy who said this:
It doesn’t require an overactive imagination to envision a worst-case scenario: On Election Day, anonymous text messages direct voters to the wrong polling locations, or maybe even circulate rumors of security threats. Deepfakes of the Democratic nominee using racial slurs crop up faster than social-media platforms can remove them. As news outlets scramble to correct the inaccuracies, hordes of Twitter bots respond by smearing and threatening reporters. Meanwhile, the Trump campaign has spent the final days of the race pumping out Facebook ads at such a high rate that no one can keep track of what they’re injecting into the bloodstream.
Wait, what? There are a million articles like what you describe, but this isn’t one of them. This is about how the modern media landscape makes disinformation campaigns more effective than they were before, and how various actors are taking advantage of it. Frankly, I don’t think enough attention has been paid to the topic yet.
None of this is new. Politicians have been using and twisting mass media ever since there has been mass media. And people have been making political choices based on illogical reasons ever since they could.
If they aren't try to scare us, they are trying to make us indignant about things. I just do not find that I care about most mass media any more.
>None of this is new.
You’re mistaken. The ubiquity of information that the internet has brought is revolutionary, and massive, *targeted*, disinformation campaigns have swelled in importance as a response. The fact that propaganda and wars of ideas existed before doesn’t mean this isn’t a sea change.
Thank you for pointing out the absolute obvious. This is the underhanded game politicians have always played and it's being presented as if it's grotesque and new because of new modes of technology.
Trump just rolls low on stealth checks
I dont' care.
Go study US political history. This is nothing new. Trump is nothing new. He is what you get when the Party and Party members no longer have the same views on things.
Yes, Trump says all sorts of shit, usually contradictory. He is, in case you had not noticed, an asshole. He is also the lawfully elected President of the United States.
(Same anti-Party populism is now supporting Sanders.)
Trump is absolutely an extreme version of disinformation wtf are you talking about. Yes, most if not all presidents have lied, but he lies at a rate that's absolutely astonishing. On national TV, without blinking an eye.
Sanders and Trump are very similar I agree, but Sanders doesn't lie anywhere close as much as Trump. The article is specifically about disinformation, of which Trump is King.
You want to put your head in the sand about Trump go ahead, but the small benefits to the conservative movement he provides is not worth the drawbacks he brings, especially when there are moderate Dems who would be totally fine
Oh, I know you want to convince me of something, but I really don't care.
I'm surprised that Trump has not burned down the White House. In fact, if you leave aside everything he says, he has governed as a somewhat moderate Republican.
I won't vote for him, but I don't care enough about any candidate to vote for them. I'm in a pox on both their houses mood.
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One of the telling paragraphs in this article was that FB sent a rep to embed themselves in the Trump Campaign to help them design effective advertising. Clearly Zuck is planning on making Billions from this campaign and the more disinformation the better.
Very much so. And with Facebook refusing to stop fake news articles, theres gonna be some shit flinging like crazy.
My grandparents literally believed that Rep. Omar spir on the grave if the unknown soldier based on an article that, at the bottom of the article, clearly stated it was a fake news site and that anyone who believed it had serious mental issues.
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For their base Trump is the last line of defence for their base’s survival and their way of life so for them it’s like now or never.
In addition they’ll launch a fearmongering misinformation campaign about how the Democrats will turn the country into an open border crime ridden poverty stricken cesspool where guns, Christianity, cows, cars, etc get banned.
The streets shall be flooded with terrorists, MS13, gay nudity, taco trucks where shops and delivery vehicles are frequently raided for any scraps of food and resources and convoys of people steal what other people have stolen from each other.
And other horrors so better vote for Trump or else campaign.
It’s a long read, but interesting. The first section is a lot of review of tactics you’ve probably already heard about post-2016.
One thing I hadn’t heard about before was the use of potemkin local online newspapers. Apparently there are a lot of them. The idea is to make them feel like authentic local newspapers with coverage on neighborhood schools, etc. People trust local papers more than national media. When you’re ready to push an agenda, you have a venue.
HN isn’t the place for politics, but there’s an interesting thrust to this piece that’s more generally about information and disinformation; noise as a tactic for overwhelming truth; the relativity of truth; etc.
Many politicians will lie and most will stretch the truth to win votes. Trump and the Republicans are not unique. This article reads like an effort by Democrats to explain away in advance their possible failure in 2020.