...from the quill of Antisthenes
Sometimes I am surprised by what other people find surprising. True, it is mostly the journalists who are surprised, or feign surprise, and they, by and large, are not known for their intelligence.
Would you be surprised by this?
“Vladimir Putin has an army of professional trolls running thousand of fake Twitter and Facebook accounts to flood social media with pro-Russia propaganda.
The trolls work under strict condition which see them banned from talking and even forging friendships with one another.
One former worker at the Internet Research Centre – dubbed the Troll Factory – has lifted the lid on how employees must write more than 130 online posts a shift or face the sack. Marat Burkhard explained how the operation, based in modern building in St Petersburg, is opened 24 hours a day and employees often work in teams of three.
‘One of us would be the ‘villain,’ the person who disagrees with the forum and criticizes the authorities, in order to bring a feeling of authenticity to what we’re doing, he told Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.
‘The other two enter into a debate with him — “No, you’re not right; everything here is totally correct.” We create the illusion of actual activity on these forums.’
Mr Burkhard revealed how he and his fellow trolls got to work after a story broke about US President Barack Obama spitting his chewing gum out in India.
”You need to write 135 comments about this, and don’t be shy about how you express yourself,’ Mr Burkhard, reportedly said he was told. ”Write whatever you want, just stick the word Obama in there a lot and then cover it over with profanities.”
On another occasion he was told to repeatedly post on websites that the majority of German’s supported Putin and his policies and were unhappy with Merkel.
Inside the factory the trolls are not just targeting Russian sites but those around the world, including the UK.
The trolls are often given five key words which they must make sure each of their posts are littered with. He claimed workers faced sanctions from manager if they were missing from their comments.” Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3015996/How-Russia-s-troll-factory-runs-thousands-fake-Twitter-Facebook-accounts-flood-social-media-pro-Putin-propaganda.html#ixzz3Vj9hMbmF
Here in Australia the public servants, trade unions staff, politicians’ relatives, whether on the taxpayer’s payroll or not, assorted parasites infesting institutions formerly called “of higher learning”, and Lenin’s useful idiots everywhere, do the job poor Putin has to pay for.
That the Left dominated media take any of this preconcerted pulp as vox populi, should not be surprising. But that those pseudo-conservative politicians, (yes, Mr Abbott, I do mean you) who ought to know better since they themselves employ every dishonest trick in the book, allow themselves to be manipulated by the manufactured public opinion could be puzzling. Until, of course, you realise that they (LibNats in Australia, Republicans in America), being absolutely unprincipled, would not know what I am writing about.