Did the Pentagon carry out disinformation operations on Twitter?

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Has the Pentagon conducted disinformation operations on Twitter?

The Pentagon Building in Washington is home to the Department American Defense.

The Pentagon has launched an internal investigation into psychological warfare operations after the discovery of fake social media accounts disseminating pro-Western disinformation, its spokesman said on Tuesday. , General Pat Ryder.

The department has requested an investigation into our military information support activities, the spokesperson admitted, confirming during a press briefing information previously leaked by the Washington Post em>.

The American daily quoted a study carried out by Stanford University and the social network analysis company Graphika, reporting a hundred accounts of unknown origin on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, which disseminated anti-Russia, anti-China and anti-Iran propaganda from 2017 to 2022.

Citing an unnamed government source, the Washington Post claimed that these accounts were created by special units of the US military.

The carrier word of the Pentagon assured that the military's psychological warfare activities were regulated and legal.

We have established safeguards on how to manage our operations, he assured during a press briefing. This survey represents just an opportunity to assess our work in this area.

When asked about the nature of US military psychological warfare operations, General Ryder said however recognized that they may include untrue information.

It is possible to conduct operations against adversaries using information in ways that help them think a certain way, he said. We conduct these operations in support of our national security objectives.

This is an aspect of warfare as old as warfare itself, he added , citing in particular the operations carried out by the Allies during the Second World War to deceive the German command on the place of the landing.

General Ryder pointed out that the link between these fake accounts and the Department of Defense had not been clearly established, suggesting that they could be linked to other government agencies, without naming them. .

To my knowledge, we have not reviewed the information in question, he said. It should not be assumed that it is the Department of Defense.

The activities uncovered by American social networks were clandestine, but neither Facebook nor Twitter ;attributed these fake accounts to some government agency, according to the study published by Stanford.

Twitter simply listed the United States and the United Kingdom as their country supposed origin, while Meta, parent company of Facebook and Instagram, established that the United States was the country of origin.

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