The relationship between social media and the US elections that broke out in 2016 pushed all technology companies to be much more careful about politics. A recent example of this came from Meta and Twitter. Allegedly, two social media giants began to block accounts that broadcast pro-US broadcasts abroad .
This week, for the first time , the social media propaganda that America carries out abroad was brought to light by the social analytics research group Graphika and the Stanford Internet Observatory .
America Uses The Internet For Propaganda!
According to the claims made by analytical research groups, America has been making propaganda on social media for a long time to influence the opinions of people around the world . The created account network specifically targets users residing in Asia and the Middle East . Propaganda contains many different pro-Western rhetoric , including heavy criticism of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine . Many of these accounts are allegedly linked to Voice of America , Radio Free Europe , and other websites that have financial ties to the US military , many of which are funded by the US.
The most useful method for the team to detect accounts was the analysis of fake faces. It is thought that unreal human faces produced with GAN were used to create fake accounts . Although such photographs are generally not easily understood by the human eye, some distortions that occur during their creation can be easily detected by algorithms. Researchers think that the fake accounts have been operating since 2019 .
After these allegations, Meta and Twitter started to remove the aforementioned fake accounts from their systems in order not to be in the middle of a global crisis. There has been no statement yet from the two social media giants about the developments. Speaking about the allegations, Pentagon Spokesperson General Pat Ryder said, “We will review and evaluate any information provided by Facebook or Twitter . “