Propaganda, Misinformation, and Social Media

December 23rd, 2022 - by Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space

Where Does the Security State
End and Social Media Begin?

Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space

(December 21, 2022) — The revolving door between the US security state and social media corporations has become larger every year. Former employees from the CIA, FBI, DoD, NATO and other agencies are being hired more and more by large social media corporations like Facebook, Google, Instagram, Twitter and others.

What are the implications of such a strong connection? Why are social media giants hiring large numbers of security state agents?

Over 90 percent of all web searches are done through Google. Nearly 30 percent of the world’s population get their news through Facebook. Social media platforms have become such an influence on public opinion, it should be a place to obtain information about the world through an impartial process.

Yet, with so many former security state employees, as well as understanding what these employees have done in their positions in government agencies (drone strikes, overthrowing democratic governments, etc), we should be alarmed by the positions they now hold within the corporate social media platforms.

Cyberspace is becoming more a domain of warfare between powerful nations, it is also becoming a significant domain of class struggle. The ruling classes disseminate their psychological operations onto the working classes of the world and they are doing it via social media.

This video (which includes interviews with former CIA operatives) examines the roles of agencies like the CIA and the implications of former agents and their impacts on social media.

~ Video produced for the Global Network by Will Griffin

Operation Mockingbird:
Church Committee Senate Hearing

Operation Mockingbird was an operation beginning in the 1950’s in which the CIA recruited American journalists to spread propaganda throughout the western media networks. The recruited journalists were put on a payroll and instructed to write fake stories that promoted the views of the intelligence agency.

Mockingbird later expanded to include foreign media. Journalists were reportedly blackmailed and threatened into the network. Reports of the operation eventually led to a series of congressional investigations in the 1970’s under a committee set up by the US Senate named the ‘Church Committee’.

The Church Committee investigations looked into government operations and abuses by the CIA, NSA, the FBI and IRS.