| Social media |
|Interest of||• Bilderberg/2019|
• DFR Lab
• Carl Miller
• Project Iris
• Reclaim The Net
Social media are websites which allow users to choose friends and exchange information with them.
The Integrity Initiative has shown great interest in the use of social media for spreading (dis)information.
"The Weaponisation of Social Media" was on the agenda for the 2019 Bilderberg.
“Social media manipulation was pioneered by Israel in 2009, during its Gaza offensive, not by Russia and China. The UK and the US both have had online "psychological operations" for years. Calling out some actors but giving others a free pass does little to address the problem.”
Clare Daly (10 December 2021) 
Analyzing/influencing society at scale
American social media companies have become instruments to analyze how social interactions in societies at large work and also how information is spread. When data is analyzed to and used to predict behavior, like in the program Sentient World Simulation, then it stands to reason that there is also an effort to steer opinions. Earlier research of Skinner has then surely played a role. The need to fit with it's own circle of acquaintances may have been of particular interest, how much the need to do and say as the other does prevail.
- humans use a large part of their thinking power to find their way in their complicated social world
- Our "social" brain does check facts from time to time. But much more important to it is the question: what are the social consequences if I do or say this or that?
- So we have a mechanism in our heads that, in case of doubt, even prevents us from thinking what is right if, in return, it endangers our social status
- the higher the social and economic status of a person, the more this phenomenon occurs. Educated and/or wealthy people are more concerned about what others might think of their opinions
- the more educated and smarter a person is, the more adept his brain is at selling him the biggest nonsense as a reasonable idea, as long as it elevates his social status
- as a result, the upper educated middle class tends to be more inclined than ordinary people to chase after some intellectual boondoggle
|4chan||4Chan is a website where anyone can post comments and share images anonymously.|
|Alt Tech||New social media platforms.|
|The world's most popular social network, with over 1,000,000,000 users in 2014.|
|Gab||Gab is a social networking service with a strict free speech approach for which it is criticized in corporate media.|
|A popular photo sharing website. Owned by Facebook.|
|Locals||Locals is an Alt Tech platform.|
|Telegram||Telegram is a social media service.|
|TikTok||Like YouTube but videos have a duration from fifteen seconds to three minutes.|
|Twitch||Twitch is an American video live streaming service; mainly used for video games.|
|Twitter is a social media service.|
|YouTube||The internet's most popular video sharing site, now owned by Google. Aggressively removing information about Covid-19 while promoting Covid vaccines|
|"Disinformation"||“The weirdest thing about the Biden administration tasking itself with the censorship of “disinformation” on social media is that the United States is the hub of a globe-spanning empire that is built upon a foundation of disinformation, maintained by disinformation, and facilitated by disinformation.”||Caitlin Johnstone||July 2021|
|Saagar Enjeti||“@jack was the last of the tech CEOS who at least on a personal level was committed to free speech. His departure is probably going to make Twitter a lot worse for censorship (which is truly saying something)”||Saagar Enjeti||29 November 2021|
|Euan Grant||“* With the help of the UK financial sector (BBA, ABI, London Stock Exchange) establish relations with EU counterparts and European for liaison with European bourses. Activity: £1.8k Euan Grant?
||Euan Grant||30 May 2018|
|Michael Gunner||“The BS that’s flying around on the internet about the territory is coming from flogs outside the territory – mostly America, Canada and the UK,” Mr Gunner told a media conference on Thursday. People who have nothing better to do than make up lies about us because their own lives are so small and so sad. If anybody thinks we’re going to be distracted by tin foil hat-wearing tossers sitting in their parents’ basement in Florida – then you do not know us Territorians”||Michael Gunner||25 November 2021|
|Institute for Statecraft/Secrecy||“Social media training. Activity: £5k Chris Hernon and Charlie Hatton – Jacky Sloane to film.”||30 May 2018|
|Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador||“Yes, social media should not be used to incite violence and all that, but this cannot be used as a pretext to suspend freedom of expression. How can a company act as if it was all powerful, omnipotent, as a sort of Spanish Inquisition on what is expressed?”||Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador||14 January 2021|
|Joy Reid||“Essentially, she made public her own vaccine deliberation, which according to trusted friends is a better way to describe vaccine hesitancy, which by the way is not the same thing as refusal. By doing, Nicki also used her social media platform and her 22 million Twitter followers to cast doubt on the vaccine to a heavily Black audience”||Joy Reid||14 September 2021|
|Henry Wales||“In today’s world, we are so connected like a vast nervous system, whether we are online or not. And much like the virus, there are no borders online. So when vaccine misinformation and disinformation spreads, magnified on social media and in parts of traditional media, it exposes a collective threat to humanity. I believe that misinformation is a global humanitarian crisis, and the crisis is getting worse.”||Henry Wales|
|Document:Pro-Kremlin trolls infiltrating comments on news sites for major influence operation, research says||Article||6 September 2021||Deborah Haynes||A study at Cardiff University shows that "Pro-Kremlin trolls" are influencing opinion in the West by infiltrating the comments sections of news websites. Dissent from the Official Narrative? Must be Russian disinformation.|
|Document:Social Media Investigation and Monitoring Proposal - Subject Poisoning of Sergei Skripal||program proposal||15 March 2018||Greg Rowett||Establish the flow across social media of the messaging, and establish key influencers, friendly and anti, to HMG.|
|Document:Social Media as a vector for propaganda||paper||26 December 2018||Integrity Initiative|
- https://twitter.com/ClareDalyMEP/status/1469311912731107334 Twitter
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