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US Military Will Secretly Manipulate Social Media

A corporation in California has been awarded just such a contract from United States Central Command (Centcom). They will develop special software and scripts that will enable every allowed US Military Servicemen to control nearly a dozen separate identities based throughout the world.

Web experts criticize this "online persona management service" will allow the US Military to create fake online conversations and "crowd out unwelcome opinions and smother commentaries or reports that do not correspond with its own objectives."

These personas will be very hard to distinguish from a real person even by experts. The contract stipulates, "each fake online persona must have a convincing background, history and supporting details, and that up to 50 US-based controllers should be able to operate false identities from their workstations..."

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