This Guardian Fake News Story Proves That The Media Can’t Be Trusted

30 November 2018 — Moon of Alabama

In 2015 the British Guardian appointed Katherine Viner as editor in chief. Under her lead the paper took a new direction. While it earlier made attempts to balance its shoddier side with some interesting reporting, it is now solidly main stream in the worst sense. It promotes neo-liberalism and a delves into cranky identity grievances stories. It also became an main outlet for manipulative propaganda peddled by the British secret services.

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Deepfakes And Political Manipulation By Leonid SAVIN

31 October 2018 — Oriental Review

Not a day seems to go by without the American media writing about Russia’s Internet meddling in the US elections. Major international and specialist publications headquartered in the US are routinely regurgitating the myth about “Russian trolls” and “GRU hackers” without a single shred of evidence besides unsubstantiated accusations. Actually, evidence has been provided by a private company, but this evidence points to the contrary. As one Google project so convincingly shows, for example, for just $100 you can create the illusion that a Russian company is trying to influence public opinion within America. All you need to do is buy a mobile phone and a few SIM cards in Panama, choose a common Russian name and surname and use it to set up a Yandex account, then indicate your IP address is in Saint Petersburg using NordVPN. You can then set up an account with AdWords, pay for advertising using the details of a legally registered company, and place political content on the Internet that could be regarded as inflammatory. This was what was done by US citizens from Google and they didn’t hesitate to report on it. So what is stopping the NSA, the CIA, or some Russophobe fanatics familiar with hacking techniques from doing exactly the same thing, regardless of whether they belong to a political party or not? Common sense suggests that this is exactly what is being done to create the appearance of Russian interference, but no one is able to provide any real evidence, of course.

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War, censorship, and the invention of “fake news”

22 October 2018 — WSWS

Under conditions of mounting social opposition and escalating plans for military conflict, the US political establishment is moving ever more brazenly to implement internet censorship.

On Saturday, the two principal newspapers of the political establishment, the New York Times and the Washington Post, published editorials demanding an intensification of political censorship on social media. The Times, in “The Poison on Facebook and Twitter

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Bellingcat linked to Western special services, says Russian foreign minister

16 October 2018 — TASS

Lavrov recalled that the Western reporters “openly write about this”

MOSCOW, October 16. /TASS/. Bellingcat, a UK-based open source and social media investigation site, is linked to special services, which use it to “dump” information aimed to sway public opinion, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated in an interview with the Euronews channel.

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Why China will win the Artificial Intelligence Race By Mathew Maavak

15 October 2018 — Dissident Voice

Two Artificial Intelligence-driven Internet paradigms may emerge in the near future. One will be based on logic, smart enterprises and human merit while the other may morph into an Orwellian control tool. Even former Google CEO Eric Schmidt has foreseen a bifurcation of the Internet by 2028 and China’s eventual triumph in the AI race by 2030.

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‘Land of censorship & home of the fake’: Alternative voices on Facebook and Twitter’s crackdown

12 October 2018 — RT

‘Land of censorship & home of the fake’: Alternative voices on Facebook and Twitter’s crackdown

Cardboard cutouts of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg seen at a protest in Washington DC © Reuters / Aaron P. Bernstein

Alternative voices online are incensed after Facebook and Twitter closed down hundreds of political media pages ahead of November’s crucial midterm elections. Facebook says they broke its spam rules, they say it’s censorship.

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Fake News and False Flags: Pentagon Paid Millions to Create Fake Terrorist Videos By Crofton Black and Abigail Fielding-Smith

2 October 2018 — The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

How the Pentagon paid a British PR firm $500 million for top secret Iraq propaganda

A controversial foreign PR firm known for representing unsavory characters was paid millions by the Pentagon to create fake terrorist videos.

The Pentagon gave a controversial UK PR firm over half a billion dollars to run a top secret propaganda program in Iraq, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism can reveal.

Bell Pottinger’s output included short TV segments made in the style of Arabic news networks and fake insurgent videos which could be used to track the people who watched them, according to a former employee.

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BBC Newsnight report into disinformation bares hallmarks of information warfare

25 April 2018 — RT
“In the world of information warfare, the Russians are on the offensive,” says a new BBC Newsnight report on disinformation, which bares all the hallmarks of a corporation waging an information war of its own.

In fact, the report comes mere days after a BBC presenter suggested live on air that the British state broadcaster was part of information warfare, and people should be tailoring their message accordingly.

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NYT Admits That Its “Mountain of Evidence” For Russian Collusion Is Smaller Than A Molehill By Moon of Alabama

20 September 2018 — Moon of Alabama

The New York Times spends 10,000 words in some 199 paragraphs on the alleged ‘Russian influence’ in the U.S. election.

The Plot to Subvert an Election – Unraveling the Russia Story So Far

For two years, Americans have tried to absorb the details of the 2016 attack —hacked emails, social media fraud, suspected spies — and President Trump’s claims that it’s all a hoax. The Times explores what we know and what it means.

The long piece is a repetition of unproven intelligence claims, spin around a few facts and lots of innuendo. Few readers will ever digest it in full.

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Facebook’s partnership with the Atlantic Council By Kevin Reed

8 September 2018 — WSWS

On May 17, Facebook announced a partnership with the Atlantic Council, the bipartisan think tank that has participated in every political and military crime of US imperialism over the past half-century. In a brief blog post by Katie Harbath, Facebook’s Global Politics and Government Outreach Director explained that the relationship was necessary “to prevent our service from being abused during elections.”

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If you don’t want Facebook, what do you want? By Dan Hind

11 April 2018 — Return of the Public

Facebook is once again in the news. Last month a joint investigation by the Observer, the New York Times and Channel 4 revealed that a UK company, Cambridge Analytica, had used information about Facebook’s users to target voters during Donald Trump’s successful campaign to become president in 2016. But the threat that the data giants’ business model poses to individual autonomy and to democratic process is not news.

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