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Did the Pentagon carry out disinformation operations on Twitter?


The department has requested an investigation into our military information support activitiesadmitted the spokesperson, confirming during a press briefing information already disclosed by the washington post.

The American daily quoted a study carried out by Stanford University and the social network analysis company Graphika, reporting about a hundred accounts of unknown origin on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, having disseminated anti-Russia, anti-China and anti-Iran propaganda from 2017 to 2022.

Quoting an unnamed government source, the washington post claimed that these accounts were created by special units of the US military.

Gestures supervised and legal

The Pentagon spokesman assured that the psychological warfare activities of the army were supervised and legal.

We have established safeguards on how to manage our operations, he assured during a press briefing. This survey represents just an opportunity to evaluate our work in this area.

When asked about the nature of psychological warfare operations by the American army, General Ryder nevertheless admitted that they could include untrue information.

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It is possible to conduct operations against adversaries using information in ways that help them think a certain wayhe said. We conduct these operations in support of our national security objectives.

It’s an aspect of war as old as war itself.he added, citing in particular the operations carried out by the Allies during the Second World War to deceive the German command on the place of the landing.

General Ryder pointed out that the link between these fake accounts and the Department of Defense had not been clearly established, suggesting that they could be linked to other government agencies, without naming them.

To my knowledge, we have not reviewed the information in question, he said. Don’t assume it’s the Department of Defense.

The activities uncovered by American social networks were underground, but neither Facebook nor Twitter attributed these fake accounts to any government agency, according to the study published by Stanford.

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Twitter simply listed the US and UK as their supposed country of originwhile Meta, parent company of Facebook and Instagram, established that the United States was the native country.

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