When traveling Internet sites, social media accounts and various news aggregator services, one needs to be even more suspect of what information is out there. Russia has been applying propaganda ‘active measure’ tactics for decades and due to the global Internet system, the volume has gone beyond measure.
With all things Russia going on in Washington, DC and in the media, the success of active measures has been noticed by both China and Iran. Both have launched robust propaganda operations forcing the West and citizens to question the authenticity of sites, articles, and posts of all forms.
Watch out for those hashtags… influencing voters and fake/false news goes back to at least 2016. The operations are so effective that even big media has been duped and corrections are printed or made often when recognized. Some items are never corrected.
Google has also removed 39 YouTube channels and six blogs on Blogger and 13 Google+ accounts.
“Our investigations on these topics are ongoing and we will continue to share our findings with law enforcement and other relevant government entities in the U.S. and elsewhere,” Google said in a blog post here
Google, which had engaged cyber-security firm FireEye Inc (FEYE.O) to provide the company with intelligence, said it has detected and blocked attempts by “state-sponsored actors” in recent months.
FireEye said here it has suspected “influence operation” that appears to originate from Iran, aimed at audiences in the United States, the U.K., Latin America, and the Middle East.
Shares of FireEye rose as much as 10 percent to $16.38 after Google identified the company as a consultant.
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