it was on the news this mroing a spook in uk who had edit twitter.

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/twitter-executive-also-part-time-officer-uk-army-psychological-warfare-unit posted:

The senior Twitter executive with editorial responsibility for the Middle East is also a part-time officer in the British Army’s psychological warfare unit, Middle East Eye has established.

Gordon MacMillan, who joined the social media company's UK office six years ago, has for several years also served with the 77th Brigade, a unit formed in 2015 in order to develop “non-lethal” ways of waging war.

The 77th Brigade uses social media platforms such as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, as well as podcasts, data analysis and audience research to wage what the head of the UK military, General Nick Carter, describes as “information warfare”.

Carter says the 77th Brigade is giving the British military “the capability to compete in the war of narratives at the tactical level”; to shape perceptions of conflict. Some soldiers who have served with the unit say they have been engaged in operations intended to change the behaviour of target audiences.

What exactly MacMillan is doing with the unit is difficult to determine, however: he has declined to answer any questions about his role, as has Twitter and the UK’s Ministry of Defence (MoD).

Twitter would say only that “we actively encourage all our employees to pursue external interests”, while the MoD said that the 77th Brigade had no relationship with Twitter, other than using it for communication.

The 77th Brigade's headquarters is located west of London. It brought together a number of existing military units such as the Media Operations Group and the 15 Psychological Operations Group.

At its launch, the UK media was told that the new unit of “Facebook warriors” would be around 1,500 strong, and made up of both regular soldiers and reservists. In recent months, the army has been approaching British journalists and asking them to join the unit as reservists.

While clearly engaged in propaganda, the MoD is reluctant to use that word to describe the unit’s operations.

Instead, the British army’s website describes the 77th Brigade as “an agent of change” which aims to “challenge the difficulties of modern warfare using non-lethal engagement and legitimate non-military levers as a means to adapt behaviours of the opposing forces and adversaries”.

MacMillan, whose editorial responsibilities at Twitter also cover Europe and Africa, was a captain in the unit at the end of 2016, according to one British army publication. The MoD will not disclose his current rank.

His involvement with the 77th Brigade was made public when he disclosed it on his page at LinkedIn, the online professional networking site.

As well as outlining his responsibilities at Twitter, MacMillan wrote that he had an interest in politics and international affairs, had trained at Sandhurst, the British military academy, “and am a reserve officer in the British Army serving in 77th Brigade, which specialises in non-lethal engagement”.

His page has recently been edited to remove all references to his service with 77th Brigade.

my pary are with the middle east who lost his three chrilden ; i am truely sorry for your lots


Petrol posted:

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/twitter-executive-also-part-time-officer-uk-army-psychological-warfare-unit posted:

Gordon MacMillan, who joined the social media company's UK office six years ago, has for several years also served with the 77th Brigade, a unit formed in 2015 in order to develop “non-lethal” ways of waging war.

gordon macmillan aint shot shit

It would be cool to learn a bit about stuff like the persona management software that amazon uses to have their ppl ostensibly post about how great it is there while theyre on the toilet, and how it might be similar or different from the sockpuppets the intelligence community uses
People on the left tend to focus on the CIA, MI6, Mossad, etc. when talking about psyops and information warfare, but it's important to note that corporations do the exact same thing, far beyond just making consumers want to buy their products. Like how Shell tried to "divide boycott supporters into an overarching movement settling for weaker demands." when people were boycotting them for doing business with Apartheid South Africa. Or how Nestle tried the same with activist groups and churches boycotting the company for selling faulty baby formula in the third world, “Women who were induced to use formula in place of breast milk often had no choice but to dilute the formula with contaminated water, leading to diarrhea, dehydration and death among … infants"


c_man posted:

It would be cool to learn a bit about stuff like the persona management software that amazon uses to have their ppl ostensibly post about how great it is there while theyre on the toilet, and how it might be similar or different from the sockpuppets the intelligence community uses

From an essay by an Amazon worker in a fulfilment centre I read:

The Fourth Reich is the dictatorship of the Silicon Valley capitalist, who is part-technocrat and part- New Age mystic. His volksgenosse is the professional consumer. A lot of the mostly young, mostly white, workers have already bought into his delusion of a “sharing economy.” They almost never think about work, only “gigs” and “side hustles.” They think they’re entrepreneurs but the fact that the capitalists have gotten them to think a corporation like Amazon is doing them a favor by offering them regular employment betrays their real status. They’re useful idiots, the good workers: they pull the highest rates on any task, they collaborate with the supervisors, and they’re always the first to land a steady contract as a “Blue Badge.” What strange force also compels them to tell us that the break’s over, get back to work, I don’t know; I only know I absolutely despise them for it. Someday they’ll turn into supervisors and likely transfer out, eagerly lapping up whatever shit the company throws at them.

The majority of the workers have actually embraced the level of social atomization that’s engineered into the system. The flat wage increase to $15/hr was employed as a provisional deterrent against worker organization but the primacy of random assignments on shift and the encouragement to leave the facility during all your breaks practically ensures it. On break, almost everyone will scatter to their cars and spend all their time alone; the minority will occupy the break room. There might be a few breakaway groups of two or three people making small talk but this is really minimal and insufficient. The greatest divides between workers are produced by this atomization rather than hierarchy or the division of labor. No one is going to work at the same place for long and there’s less incentive overall to maintain your baseline sanity on shift by talking to other people when most can satisfy this by looking at their phones.


Thats by red_dread here, and ive seen it already! It doesnt have much to do with persona management or social media iirc
no way!! shout out to red_dread.

I felt those paragraphs were relevant because it shows how for some of the good Capos, no digital braibwashing is necessary on amaozons part. They have already internalized the grind-side-hustle-success win ethos before they get hired.
Maybe some of the Amazon-boosters on twitter are just real people with a bad case of stockholm syndrome.
the XR movement here is clearly riddled with cops but we suspect many fossil fuel and trans national companies are also sending in plants, suspicions were first aroused by a leaked email doing the rounds that show XR encourage the development of affiliate groups for landlords and police but have explicitly banned socialist affiliates because "we need the help of capital".

earnest nerds on twitter today are talking up how the violent altercation at the tube station shows the "subjective mode of commuter fascism" and when they start lapsing into that kind of gibberish it's their way of saying they've realised too late that their latest cause celebre is a hopelessly compromised op but they don't want anything to do with the great unwashed either. falling back on impenetrable academic jargon and high falutin theory is what the big brains of the UK left do in lieu of sucking their thumbs and snuggling with a blanky. they're really fucking bad at sniffing out cops and ops and they are really good at learning nothing when this stuff happens, so they become part of the op by dropping their hot takes online that disrupt organizing viable alternatives to booj movements like XR.
i have been trying to think of something insightful to say about XR but i cant, most of it is obvious stuff like how a grassroots movement founded by members of the british bourgeois is actually bad and fail and how the whole idea of a peaceful, non violent rebellion or whatever is naive, also its extremely funny to me that a key element of this movement is getting it members arrested and put in prison, a slick move from the spooks

ialdabaoth posted:

i liked what i thought extinction rebellion was until i read anything about it

Why would you block a train. Trains are good.
my bad, it wasn't a leaked email it was an official one lol. from the current affairs article:

Not long ago, a friend of mine affiliated with the London-based group Left Culture Club attempted to start an XR socialist subgroup and quickly incurred the ire of the central XR media team. In a phone call, he was told that such a move would contravene XR’s stated “beyond politics” stance but also make it more difficult to accomplish their strategic goals, which, the spokesperson argued, require the cooperation of big business. Yet in an official email encouraging people to join affinity groups, XR’s list of approved spin-offs included XR Police and XR Landlords.



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XR Hitler
XR Pimps
Nothing to add to this thread other than to share the fact that the U.S. military's online astroturfing program is called "Earnest Voice"
Ernest Goes to COINTELPRO
anyone got a good longread on crabapple like the weaponised naked girl?

ghostpinballer posted:

anyone got a good longread on crabapple like the weaponised naked girl?

weaponized naked girl, but with a z

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alright fuck you all, i'm gonna do a effort post about obscure media figure oz katerji because you mocked my british spelling, just you wait
use the post here that screenshots his tinder or okcupid or whatever it was, that’s like the most i know about that guy and it’s a lot more than i feel i need to know

Cuntessa_Markievicz posted:

talking of poorly dressed cia operatives guess who i found on okcupid and made me want to immeditely set up an INLA/Red Army Fraction in London for my own mental health

that entire page of that thread is gold
gonna hit your backwalls like assad hits the last hospital in aleppo