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Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Sunday, May 22, 2022

A new report claims that a subcontractor working for Russia's intelligence service has a botnet capable of manipulating trends on social media platforms on a "massive scale."

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I'm pretty sure I've seen it happen.

they try to normalize just about any craziness they can.

You didn't think every bernie bro and trumper on the net was real did you?

#1 | Posted by Tor at 2022-05-22 08:49 PM | Reply

Trust no one on the net that you haven't met in person.

#2 | Posted by Tor at 2022-05-22 08:51 PM | Reply

Yeah, so many fakes on the internet,
from online dating, to about half of the
medical supplements and holistic healing dodges,
to online autos, to real estate scams,
to general information and of course political discourse.

With so much fake ----- out there, it's tough
for even a smart person to tell what is real and what
is fake, let alone the countless morons and stooges.

They've really taken what was cool on the internet (in
the early days of the net) and made a total mess of it...

#3 | Posted by earthmuse at 2022-05-23 06:57 AM | Reply

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Maybe relying on the "news" only from social media is not such a good idea?

That said, anything relying strictly on the algorithms, from Netflix to Amazon to Facebook to Twitter, is going to be manipulated, because algos already are programmed to do most of it, feeding into "interest profile" and confirmation bias - bots really don't have to do much to amplify it, just supply additional traffic to the threads they want to be "trending", social's algo does the rest directing traffic their way to users / suckers.

So much for the Elon Musk's fake "free speech" argument on social media. Blowhard can talk about it here, but does he say anything like that to Xi, who banned entire news channels along with social media providers, from Elon's favorite manufacturing supply chain and sales country?

Algo times algo = algo square.
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#4 | Posted by CutiePie at 2022-05-23 03:25 PM | Reply

In similar news:

Republicans dumb enough to listen to Botnets.

Hey, whatever happened to the Hunter Biden's laptop story? What? There was nothing in there... Surprise Surprise.

#5 | Posted by Sycophant at 2022-05-24 09:05 AM | Reply

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