Pentagon Admits Spending Millions To Study Social Media Manipulation

Tyler Durden's picture

Just days after a report published by researchers at Facebook revealed that users of the social media site had been manipulated for science, The Guardian reports that DARPA - the Pentagon-run Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency - has in one way or another funded several studies recently that set out to explore that social networking site, as well as users of Twitter, Pinterest, Kickstarter and others. DARPA told the Guardian that the studies it has funded are essential to US defense interests.

As The Guardian reports,

The activities of users of Twitter and other social media services were recorded and analysed as part of a major project funded by the US military, in a program that covers ground similar to Facebook’s controversial experiment into how to control emotions by manipulating news feeds.


Research funded directly or indirectly by the US Department of Defense’s military research department, known as Darpa, has involved users of some of the internet’s largest destinations, including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Kickstarter, for studies of social connections and how messages spread.


Several of the DoD-funded studies went further than merely monitoring what users were communicating on their own, instead messaging unwitting participants in order to track and study how they responded.


Shortly before the Facebook controversy erupted, Darpa published a lengthy list of the projects funded under its Social Media in Strategic Communication (SMISC) program, including links to actual papers and abstracts.

DARPA's reasoning...

“Through the program, Darpa seeks to develop tools to support the efforts of human operators to counter misinformation or deception campaigns with truthful information."


“Social media is changing the way people inform themselves, share ideas, and organize themselves into interest groups, including some that aim to harm the United States,” said a spokesman. “Darpa supports academic research that seeks to understand some of these dynamics through analyses of publicly available discussions conducted on social media platforms.”


papers leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden indicate that US and British intelligence agencies have been deeply engaged in planning ways to covertly use social media for purposes of propaganda and deception.

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On the Pentagon’s part, DARPA told the Guardian that the studies it has funded are essential to US defense interests... Orwell would be proud

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Coletrane's picture

this is doubleplus ungood

Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture

Hilarious... it's Lucifer asking around trying to understand why nobody likes him.

knukles's picture

Love the Eye of Horus atop the pyramid on the insignia.
Satanic, indeed.

Does anybody but me read the circle within circles that conclude with "manipulation" as to whose "truth",  "truth" is whan there is no "truth" in any case?
"Darpa seeks to develop tools to support the efforts of human operators to counter misinformation or deception campaigns with truthful information."


The US refers to the one and same as the Eye Of "Providence." 



SoberOne's picture

You can not get in my head. Fuck you for trying. 

CH1's picture

And they're NOT going to stop.

Liberal's picture

I'm SO turned on by this revelation.

Please manipulate me!  Yes!  Yesss!  YESSS!  Oh, God!  Oh, God! 

Fuck me, Big Government!  I love you, Big Government!!!

Ignatius's picture

Compulsory public education is one of the great mass manipulation coups.

Common Core is the latest iteration and "enhancements".

Understand that and the rest follows.

bunzbunzbunz's picture

This is hilarious. Everyone who thinks like the masses has been trained. Everyone who thinks the masses are sheep has been trained. Everyone who thinks has been trained. You cannot think, with language and societal understanding, without having been trained.

We are all puppets of someone. Whether it is a small group who thinks they have ascended beyond the normal human mentality or a large group of morons that whatches people use Jesus power to heal cripples on broadcast TV....WE ARE ALL FUCKING TRAINED MONKIES. Get over yourselves. hungry, so GET SOME FREE BITCOINS BEFORE THEY ARE WORTH SOMETHING!@# at

TheMerryPrankster's picture

drop some acid dude...

seriously your brainhas been poisoned


Crawdaddy's picture

The thirteen levels of stone in the pyramid is surely a meaningless coincidence.

luftmensch's picture

most truth is relative, but it still has influence and affects.  The war of words is similar to that of physical weapons, it may be a lousy business all around, but you don't want to be pushed around by the bullies either, so better to try and engage in as minimal and positive a way as possible.


Wahooo's picture

The eye hovering over a pyramid has always given me the creeps. Who puts a single eye on anything? Especially over a pyramid? And why has that weird design persisted through the decades?

junction's picture

This explains why all those Pentagon office workers were on Pornhub for hours: social media research.

bunzbunzbunz's picture

True dat. And private sectors workers Never Ever Never go to porn sites at work. That would just be so gross and ucky yucky. They just are better people. They never do anything wrong or unethical. Private sector workers are the saviors of humanity. They don't ever profit from the government. They would certainly never profit from government contracts. They certainly dont profit from increased product demand from the government. 

TheMerryPrankster's picture

in the end no one profits from governments. Governments cost,hence taxes, if governments made profits they would be self sustaining and wouldn't need taxes.

Government is just a way to transfer wealth at the point of a gun and paint an illusion that you are a free to participate in mandatory transactions.

rubiconsolutions's picture

This is precisely why I put my (not so)honorable discharge and DD-214 through the shredder years ago and discouraged my children and their friends from enlisting. Pure unadulterated evil. The military that is.

luftmensch's picture

Given the small army of online propagandists currently used by China and Russia, I'd have to agree that it is "essential to US defense interests" to understand social media.

Just look at the comments on this and other sites anytime Ukraine is mentioned, or many sites where Tibet is mentioned.


Dr. Engali's picture

I'm sure the MSM will be all over this. Thank goodness we have the fourth estate as guardians of freedom.

Ariadne's picture

BFD Fuckerberg & the pathological msm criminals do far worse. That cocksucking loser in the wh? Marketing criminals gave themselves awards for that one. The media is the psyop that props up this prison circus. Pull the plug on the telecommunications grid and this will all get real, fast.

knukles's picture

Gosh, that's cynical.




Ariadne's picture

You can fool some of the people all the time, so those are the ones you focus on. Rabbi W

And who does Fagan screw all of the imte? Children.

Ariadne's picture

I drink in the best company.

The New Idol

alien-IQ's picture

No matter how paranoid or conspiracy minded you are, what the government is actually doing is probably far worse than you imagine.

knukles's picture

Gosh, that's cynical




itstippy's picture

"No matter how paranoid or conspiracy minded you are, what the government is actually doing is probably far worse than you imagine."

Big-government-conspiracy-nutballs like you are precisely who DARPA needs to get a handle on.  They'll find out what makes you parnoid tinfoil-hatters tick and what your nefarious methods are if they have to monitor and manipulate every communication on the goddam planet.

It's a matter of National Security!

bunzbunzbunz's picture

Part of it yes....the other part are just simpletons doing a job. If you think the gov employees are clever enough to get away with insidious actions, why would you think you would understand what they are doing, why, how, or whether you are being distracted from something worse?

Rainman's picture

I bet they're processing a lot of #fuckyoubarrys

earleflorida's picture's%20Media.htm

"Six Jewish Companies Control 96% of the World's Media"

curser is having spasm's as i try to type

earleflorida's picture

Must Google,... if site hasn't already been pulled

bunzbunzbunz's picture

You are stupid and full of shit.....OH LOOK I CAN TYPE ANYTHING ON THE INTERNETZ.

Guess what. No one cares what you think of them. No one cares if you think they control things. No one cares if you know something secret. If they are as powerful as you purpose, it makes no difference whether anyone knows or not. You simply look like a fool.


"Six Catholic Companies Control 96% of the World's Gold"

curser is having spasm's as i try to type

bunzbunzbunz's picture

Wait, bunz, you dont mean to say the Vatican is up to something ungodly do you? I mean...yeah, they have been shutting down/hiding accounts that are apparently related to fraudylent activity...but obviously we should only talk about how Jews behave with relation to money. We should never talk about how Christian churches regularly attempt to coerce members into donating money. Passing around buckets for front of other members....GOSH could this to be to embarass those who dont want to give money!?@#!?@# NOOOOO certainly not....because Christians never do anything wrong.. EVERNEVEREVER.

Spastica Rex's picture

I wonder why "social media" is "free?" I wonder how "social media" companies can make money?

Maybe freedom isn't free, bitchez.

bunzbunzbunz's picture





The same way the website you are currently using is free you dolt.

UselessEater's picture

Slightly OT but interesting image.

Are Actors Used to Manipulate the Masses......


conspicio's picture

Early on, Twitter struck a deal with the Library of Congress to collect 100% of the twitter feeds through a Colorado company called GNIP (now acquired by twitter but also sucking 100% of tumblr and facebook, no doubt that is ending with the acquisition). The LOC have expanded beyond just GNIP since the original deal. I recall thinking, wow, what banality are they really interested in collecting and why? And will it be sanitized or censored? If it is archiving in real time, then presumably it captures even deleted tweets? Then I realized, why wouldn't the federal dataminers use the LOC as a front for everything "of record" in some vastly defined "public domain?" No one sure seems to give a shit and this DARPA activity is .000000001 of what is likely being done.

kchrisc's picture

You only need to spy if you lie.

Jack Burton's picture

Israel has been the past master of Social Media, Blog and Comments Section manipulation. Many thousands of Israeli and American Jews take part in an organized internet campaign to challange any opinion not favorable to Israel. And to keep Israelis talking point front and center. They also play the anti semitism card when their arguments fail to carry weight, or of another point of view is winning acceptance on said blog, social media or comments section. Learnign from this the State Department has admitted to their program of paid posters, they ADMIT it in public. Now, of course the Pentagon is getting into the act. We should know that would happen.

bunzbunzbunz's picture one religious group is involved with propaganda, but others just neglect it? Are you that naive?

bunzbunzbunz's picture

Oh, wait... Maybe you are just a 'paid poster' of some Islamic organization. Given your lack of grammatical correctness or flow, I can only assume your first language is not English, and therefore you are suspect of being a propaganda delivering device yourself.

Wahooo's picture

Wait a minute, are you arguing the facts here? Do you argue that Israel and American Jewish organizations do not have one of the most sophisticated and pervasive info/propoganda machines in existence?  Because if that is your argument, it's laughable.

blindman's picture

stealing trillions of dollars from the public purse is
essential to national security, see? that is the system.
if you do not understand it you are an outcast and
perhaps a terrorist or someone with suspect tendencies.
the "system" is too ingrained to change so you best just
sit back with popcorn and relax when they pull your/the
next leg forward and penetrate your trailing orifice with
a salty injection of something like, but not exactly, liquidity
at the end of something like, but not identical too, a big
think caboose, blood loss and barber shop haircuts. (interestingly,
barbers were the original surgeons, blood letters, dentists and tattoo artists,
or so i have heard. i guess they had the sharpest blades?)
Tom Waits Long Way Home

MathWins's picture

The reasons to stay off those kind of sites just keep on mounting!

SMC's picture

Corporate welfare for crony-capitalists.

Dewey Cheatum Howe's picture

Every major technological innovation since the US got caught flat footed by the Russians during the space race days has Darpa's fingerprints on it in some way shape or form. These people also throw lots of money down rat holes too at the same time. 

I'm shocked at this revelation. Not.

"Darpa seeks to develop tools to support the efforts of human operators to counter misinformation or deception campaigns with truthful information."

I actually believe this because the tools are just tools it is how the human operators use them that determine what direction they get used in. The whole aim of the MIC complex is to make money by not allowing any one side to gain too much of an advantage over the other. But what if the people are shit and apathetic it won't really matter what way the tools are used.

What if you developed tools to counter misinformation and deception and no one paid attention to it anyways since they were so thoroughly self absorbed and narcissistic that they didn't care because it wasn't about them?

22winmag's picture

Well... look at the way they faked the moon landings.


Back then we had the will, but not the technology to go to the moon. Today we have the technology, but not the will or the money.


But hey, those utterly fake moon landings sure did make America feel good and help justify NASA's existence.

bunzbunzbunz's picture

Please explain these fake moon landings. Please explain why anyone can go outside and reflect lasers off mirrors left on the moon by Apollo 11. Please explain why you can't do even a tiny bit a research before spouting stupid shit.

bycatch's picture

Good god, people actually downing you? This place is even scarier than I thought.