Saturday, March 19, 2011

Propaganda-Spouting Fake Military Sock Pockets and Internet Trolls

Watch out! That new Facebook friend just might be a spy.  So, if you enjoy creating multiple fake people online, the military wants you!

Yes, the US military is developing software that will let it secretly manipulate social media sites by using fake online personas to influence internet conversations and spread pro-American propaganda.  The multiple persona contract seems to spring from Operation Earnest Voice (OEV).

After contracting with a California-based company, Ntrepid Corp. for $2.75 million, creating and managing fake identities online will be easy as pie.

Meanwhile, the government plans to crackdown on Internet users, for what?  Ah yes, counterfeiting and forgery.  Well,  in the UK:

Legal experts say it could fall foul of the Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981, which states that "a person is guilty of forgery if he makes a false instrument, with the intention that he or another shall use it to induce somebody to accept it as genuine, and by reason of so accepting it to do or not to do some act to his own or any other person's prejudice".

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