CIA Media Infiltration, Operation Mockingbird, & Now Legal Internet Trolls | Conscious Life News: Last year it was confirmed that the U.S. Military has been manipulating social media by using fake identities to influence conversations and spread pro-American propaganda. It’s called “Online Persona Management Services.” Under the Centcom contract, it allows the creation of up to 10 fake online persona’s, known as “sock puppets,” for every service man or woman working on the program.
Its purpose is to control free speech according to an article that appeared in the Guardian titled Revealed: US spy operation that manipulates social media:
“The project has been likened by web experts to China’s attempts to control and restrict free speech on the internet. Critics are likely to complain that it will allow the US military to create a false consensus in online conversations, crowd out unwelcome opinions and smother commentaries or reports that do not correspond with its own objectives.”
The goal, the article goes on to inform us, is simply "...to counter extremists and enemy propaganda outside of the U.S., saying that it would be unlawful to address U.S. audiences."
Except. 2013 brings us a new law that "...allows the U.S government to legally carry out misinformation campaigns against U.S. citizens."
As the article points out, none of this is surprising, nor, just because the government publicly states a particular program is no longer in play, doesn't mean a thing. It just means that's what they say, not what they do.