British Surveillance Agents Create False Internet Information
Every day the boundaries of government manipulation of social media are being redrawn as new revelations come to light on the Internet.
On Monday, Glenn Greenwald reported that the NSAâ€™s British counterpart, the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ),has developed covert tools to seed the internet with false information, including the ability to manipulate the results of online polls, artificially inflate pageview counts on web sites, â€śamplif[y]â€ť sanctioned messages on YouTube, and censor video content judged to be â€śextremist.â€ť The capabilities, detailed in documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, even include an old standby for pre-adolescent prank callers everywhere: A way to connect two unsuspecting phone users together in a call....
I heard a discussion on the radio last night, which it was pointed out that Voice of America could easily be blocked on the Internet and is by such countries as Iran by the flip a switch. The Internet is one of the unreliable means of getting information across. Dust off your shortwave receiver if you want to make sure you can get the real news.
This story about the British NSA is just a variation on that.