Scientists hope that the findings could be useful for those that are looking to share accurate information, if it can help develop new ways of discussion that help people share information without getting it wrong.
(Get ready for a flood of propoganda as the puppet masters attempt to retaliate)
The scientists conducted the research by looking at the way that two different kinds of information were spread online: conspiracy theories and other wrong information, and science news. Both had their own separate sets of people who tended to share information between themselves, the researchers found.
(Bit of nudging in there?)
The research paper
In particular, we analyze the cascade dynamics of Facebook users when the content is related to very distinct narratives:
conspiracy theories and scientific information
Remember the Army team of ”facebook warriors”?
There’s also Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group (JTRIG), a unit of the signals intelligence agency Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ),
JTRIG also appears to be intimately involved in traditional law enforcement areas and U.K.-specific activity, as previously unpublished documents demonstrate.
JTRIG’s domestic operations fit into a larger pattern of U.K.-focused and traditional law enforcement activities within GCHQ.
The 2011 report on the organization’s operations, published today, summarizes their tactics:
Here’s one example
The 77th Brigade, to be based in Hermitage, near Newbury, in Berkshire, will be about 1,500-strong and formed of units drawn from across the army. It will formally come into being in April.
The brigade will be responsible for what is described as non-lethal warfare. Both the Israeli and US army already engage heavily in psychological operations.
Against a background of 24-hour news, smartphones and social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, the force will attempt to control the narrative.
Only following orders?
Belgium’s national privacy watchdog is taking US internet company Facebook to court, arguing that the way the social network website tracks the behaviour of both members and non-members is illegal under Belgian and European law.
The basis for the case is research requested by the privacy commission and published in March, which noted that Facebook tracks user behaviour on non-Facebook websites by default until they opt-out, instead of after seeking permission.
It also noted that Facebook tracks the behaviour of people who are not members of Facebook, which also violates the EU’s e-Privacy directive.
“Even people who explicitly state that they do not want to be tracked, are tracked anyway”, Debeuckelaere told Belgian newspaper De Morgen, which broke the story on Monday (15 June).