With all the recent news breaking in regards to the election, Russian disinformation
& social media – it became really clear to me how woefully underinformed the media
is, in comparison to the actual users (i.e. real normal people).
For some background on Trump’s legitimate social media strategy (I use the term legitimate simply because while some of the tatics and resources they employed were ‘deplorable’, as of right now there is no (legitimate) reason to give doubt to this.
Project Alamo – Trump’s social media “camp”: BBC did a excellent interview and that
gave a really good overview what Project Alamo was.
Next, there is Brad Parscale, Trump’s “digital data guru”: if you’ve never heard of him Buzzfeed did a good profile on him back in June.
Brad Parscale once bragged in a Wired interview in November of last year:
‘Facebook and Twitter were the reason we won this thing.’
To see Trump’s social media “bunker” in action, I highly recommend the video in
this article (and the article too!).
Nowwww….for the Russia stuff: I don’t even really know where to start here……
It appears that a lot of news outlets are finally learning about Hamilton 68, since apparently they weren’t aware of the Russian trolls, propaganda, etc STILL on Twitter (which, anyone who uses Twitter somewhat regularly could have told you that months ago.)
PBS Newshour actually interviewed someone who worked for the Petersburg “troll farm” previously! The interview is stunning is literally confirms so much of what has only been speculated.
Now, from here it’s really hard to contextualize all the article from here because we are learning more things by the hour it feels like…so, for now I’m working on sorting through all my links (LOL ) and I’m going chronicle all the articles have come out, based on published date.
(update to come soon!)
A Dose of Hope: Can the Michelin Model Fix Fake News?
The best solution for countering the growth and propagation of false news,
preserving free speech and improving the information diet of social media users, then? It comes from rating information producers rather than regulating or removing content.