If you’ve ever been attacked by what are known as internet trolls and have thought that it seems like they are being paid to attack you, you might not be as crazy as you think you are by having that thought. Thanks to Edward Snowden, we know that the government actually employs and pays internet trolls to comment on YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook, among other sites. Often, they are paid to “guide” the conversation with government-supported beliefs and propaganda.
According to a new and fascinating article from the DC Clothesline:
In the UK, the Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group (JTRIG) is a specialized unit within the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ). If it wasn’t for Edward Snowden, we probably still would never have heard of them. This particular specialized unit is engaged in some very “questionable” online activities.
One cannot help but wonder if the SNP is employing the same tactics. The part about “establishing online aliases” to support particular messages, along with further aliases to support the originals, seems very familiar.
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