Internet trolls are being paid to use psychological influencing | Your News Wire

Be paranoid!

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.

Source: Government Internet Trolls Are Paid To Use Psychological Influencing On You | Your News Wire

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  1. JohnDee July 16, 2015 at 1:13 pm - Reply

    I find this bullet point particularly alarming:

    “Taking over control of online websites…” (sic – do you know of any ‘off-line websites’?) “…to deny, disrupt, discredit or delay.”

    I have often suspected that the spooks manipulate the search engines (SEs) to prevent people finding certain websites – particularly to ‘deny, disrupt, discredit or delay’ irritating online petitions such as the ‘change’ website petitioning for the release of the DWP death figures, and also others that I have previously noticed that seem to disappear from the SEs’ results listings (38degrees).

    Edward Snowden has revealed that “…government agents have been conducting denial-of-service attacks, flooding social media websites with thinly veiled propaganda and have been purposely attempting to warp public discourse online…’ (perhaps by manipulating the SEs?).

    Glen Greewald’s revelations that GCHQ are using ” …“false flag operations” (posting material to the internet and falsely attributing it to someone else), fake victim blog posts (pretending to be a victim of the individual whose reputation they want to destroy), and posting “negative information” on various forums…” and so on, show that JTRIG will stoop to any lengths, so why not the obvious tactic of manipulating the SEs? See for a sicken list of their activities, tactics, and strategies.

    I seem to remember Mike noticing suspicious activity around the change petition website. Anyone else have their suspicions?

    Any other whistle-blowers want to help us out here?

  2. Rob July 16, 2015 at 1:54 pm - Reply

    I wouldn’t put too much stock in anything Yournewswire tells you. They’re a nutty conspiracy site:

    • Mike Sivier July 16, 2015 at 3:23 pm - Reply

      Maybe, but a lot of people will see a lot of sense in this particular article!

  3. Gary Aronsson July 16, 2015 at 2:18 pm - Reply

    I can well believe in the existence of paid internet trolls.I have found countless examples of people purporting to be Socialists and supporters of the British Working Class yet they continually refuse to oppose unrestricted mass immigration and try to pretend that the economic laws of Supply and Demand do not apply to the price of labour.

    These trolls spout rubbish about things being more complex,that immigration doesn’t lower wages,that we should instead concentrate upon making the benefit system more generous to the poor all the time missing the essential,and incontrovertible ,fact that in a sellers market it would be the worker rather than the employer who held the whip hand.

    I have plenty of experience of dealing with such trolls and have no doubt that I will have a lot more as a result of this post.

    • Mike Sivier July 16, 2015 at 3:22 pm - Reply

      hstorm isn’t a troll, Gary.

  4. Government Troll July 16, 2015 at 4:11 pm - Reply

    Mike, presumably you don’t object to this operation:

    • Mike Sivier July 16, 2015 at 11:51 pm - Reply

      Are you suggesting that false information about this organisation was planted by the government to discredit it and make it possible for its staff to be arrested?
      Otherwise, I fail to see your point.

  5. Michelle July 16, 2015 at 5:16 pm - Reply

    The tactics described have been used for a long time with other media, honey traps, smearing campaigns et al are not new, the negative powers that be have always had plenty of money to pay those who would help them with their deceit and harmful manipulation of events; as a detached process the Internet makes it even easier.

    And they aren’t the only ones busy with covert ops ‘Air Force research: How to use social media to control people like drones’ ref: (though that wasn’t reassuring when I first read it as I had just finished an online course with Cornell University :-)

    Interesting related article on the dark arts of British intelligence, by Nafeez Ahmed

  6. lanzalaco July 18, 2015 at 1:08 am - Reply

    mike, why did you fail to mention this has been setup for counter-terrorism ? Do you agree that radical activities need to be disrupted ?

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