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Knowledge gap June 25, 2019

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
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Whatever about the supposed source – this news that a false Facebook effort to spread disinformation about Northern Ireland and Brexit raised a smile for me:

Digital researchers at an investigative centre connected to a US-based think tank found that a fake Irish Facebook account was among 16 used to spread disinformation with forged documents from dozens of online platforms in a bid to stir tensions within and between countries, including Ireland and the UK.
Facebook took down the accounts in May after the social media network identified a broad campaign of co-ordinated inauthentic behaviour “emanating from Russia” involving the use of fake accounts.

Not least because of the stories such as these:

The fake stories centred on false claims that DUP leader Arlene Foster favoured the EU’s approach to Brexit, that former British defence secretary Gavin Williamson said the Real IRA helped in the attempted assassination of Russian spy Sergei Skripal, and that the Real IRA were recruiting Islamist fighters.

Whatever else whoever concocted them didn’t have much knowledge about matters Irish. But perhaps that doesn’t matter…

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