A Four Person NATO-Funded Team Advises Facebook On Flagging "Propaganda"

This is not at all comforting: during a week that's witnessed Alex Jones' social media accounts taken down by Facebook, Apple, Spotify and Google, and what appears to be a growing crackdown against alternative media figures including several prominent Libertarians, notably the Ron Paul Institute director, and the Scott Horton Show, who found their Twitter accounts suspended — we learn that the Atlantic Council is directly advising Facebook on identifying and removing "foreign interference" on the popular platform. 

While the initiative was initially revealed last May through an official Facebook media release, more details of the controversial think tank's role have been revealed. 

Supposedly the whole partnership is aimed at bringing more objectivity and neutrality to the process of rooting out fake accounts that pose the threat of being operated by nefarious foreign states.

And yet as a new Reuters report confirmsFacebook is now itself a top donor to the Atlantic Council, alongside Western governments, Gulf autocratic regimes, NATO, various branches of the US military, and a number of major defense contractors and corporations. 

What's more is that the team of four total individuals running the Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFR Lab) is headed by a former National Security Council advisor for the last four years of the Obama administration, Graham Brookie, who is also its founder.

Apparently the group's work has already been instrumental in Facebook taking action against over two dozen "suspicious pages" flagged potential foreign actors such as Russia. According to Reuters:

Facebook is using the group to enhance its investigations of foreign interference. Last week, the company said it took down 32 suspicious pages and accounts that purported to be run by leftists and minority activists. While some U.S. officials said they were likely the work of Russian agents, Facebook said it did not know for sure.

This is indeed the shocking key phrase included in the report:"Facebook said it did not know for sure." And yet the accounts were removed anyway. 

The Facebook-Atlantic Council alliance reportedly springs from the social media giant's finding itself desperate for outside "neutral" help after a swell of public criticism, mostly issuing from congressional leaders and prominent media pundits, for supposedly allowing Russian propaganda accounts to operate ahead of the 2016 elections. 

And in perhaps the most chilling line of the entire report, Reuters says, "But the lab and Atlantic Council bring geopolitical expertise and allow Facebook to distance itself from sensitive pronouncements." This is ostensibly to defuse any potential conflict of interest arising as Facebook seems a bigger presence in emerging foreign markets.

Facebook’s chief security officer Alex Stamos recently told reporters, “Companies like ours don’t have the necessary information to evaluate the relationship between political motivations that we infer about an adversary and the political goals of a nation-state.” He explained further that Facebook would collect suspicious digital evidence and submit it to "researchers and authorities".

Since at least May when the relationship was first announced, the DFR Lab has been key to this process of verifying what constitutes foreign interference or nefarious state propaganda. 

But here's the kicker. Reuters writes of the DFR Lab's funding in the following:

Facebook donated an undisclosed amount to the lab in May that was enough, said Graham Brookie, who runs the lab, to vault the company to the top of the Atlantic Council’s donor list, alongside the British government.

Facebook employees said privately over the past several months that Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg wants to outsource many of the most sensitive political decisions, leaving fact-checking to media groups and geopolitics to think tanks

Facebook has defended the process as part of ensuring that it remains politically neutral, yet clearly the Atlantic Council itself is hardly neutral, as a quick perusal of its top donors indicates

Among the DFR Labs partners include UK-based Bellingcat, which has in the past claimed "proof" that Assad gassed civilians based on analyzing YouTube videos and Google Earth. And top donors include various branches of the US military, Gulf sates like the UAE, and notably, NATO.

The Atlantic Council has frequently called for things like increased military engagement in Syria, militarily confronting the "Russian threat" in Eastern Europe, and now is advocating for Ukraine and Georgia to be allowed entry into NATO while calling for general territorial expansion of the Western military alliance. 

Further it has advocated on behalf of one of its previous funders, Turkish dictator Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and gave a “Distinguished International Leadership” award to George W. Bush, to name but a few actions of the think tank that has been given authorization to flag citizens' Facebook pages for possible foreign influence and propaganda. 

Quite disturbingly, this is Mark Zuckerberg's outside "geopolitical expertise" he's been seeking. 

Comments

IntercoursetheEU Max.Power Tue, 08/07/2018 - 20:24 Permalink

So let's get this straight. A marketing strategy destined to alienate about half of the voting age Facebook 'users' (or 'used'?)

And as the stock continues to tank, will this NATO brain trust be handling shareholder lawsuit for gross malfeasance, violation of fiduciary duty to shareholders?

ps-Alphabet-Google , here is your tombstone https://duckduckgo.com/

 

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thetruthhurts IntercoursetheEU Tue, 08/07/2018 - 20:32 Permalink

So,

Twitter has government contracts.

Google has governmemt contracts.

Facebook has government contracts.

 

Yet their contract allows them to disregard the US Constitution and freedom of speech?

Yep.

 

Seems like a quick fix. No first amendment rights/no money.

Oh wait, could it be this  (censorship)  is what all the government money is funding?

 

Yep.

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Brazen Heist II bismillah Tue, 08/07/2018 - 20:49 Permalink

The fact that the pedophile-imperialist complex is going full retard means they are desperate and losing control of the narratives. So its a good old fashioned revert to authoritarianism by the evil empire.

Its always amazing to think that a little bit of critical thinking can smash their millions of dollars in worthless efforts at making up bullshit narratives. All the keen observer has to do is ask the right questions, and the entire facade falls apart. They are relying on dumb emotional impulses and knee jerk reactions from people, not deep critical thought.

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NoDebt Tue, 08/07/2018 - 20:14 Permalink

Time to yank all their chains.  Ditch their section 230 protection.  They're not "platforms" any more, they're PUBLISHERS.  I don't give a shit how they try to cloak their editing of content in "fairness" and "impartiality", the mere act of editing means they're publishers.

Right, Tyler? 

 

LetThemEatRand Tue, 08/07/2018 - 20:19 Permalink

It's going to get a lot worse before it gets better.  Or at least the first part of that sentence, not so sure about the second part.  TPTB have figured out that they are losing their grip due to the internet.  So the iron fist is going to tighten.  Elected leaders are all in bed with these same people.  They are not going to help.  They are going to make it worse.

The only hope is for people to abandon use of these social media and other platforms, which is possible.  Support competitors like real.video, duckduckgo, and others.

Green2Delta Tue, 08/07/2018 - 20:25 Permalink

I think the Southern Poverty Law Center is helping Youtube weed out anyone that isn't a retard communist. Even MGTOW channels are being deleted. For those that don't know MGTOW stands for Men Going Their Own Way. Basically it's men who have figured out that women suck; and not in a good way. 

Zorba's idea Tue, 08/07/2018 - 20:49 Permalink

N(c)A(i)T(a)O  cockroaches everywhere. Turn on the Floodlights. Zuckoffberg needs a "Casino" event...only 38 oz Louisville Sluggers allowed. Hacker meet the Whacker's.

MusicIsYou Tue, 08/07/2018 - 21:48 Permalink

Someone doesn't need Facebook to control people. Kind of like I can get police to be 10 times meaner to people who disrespect them just by me being polite to them. And there's about a million similar ways to manipulate society. That's like, any government will eventually step in dogshit, and then stumble into quicksand, all I have to do is let them.

swamp Tue, 08/07/2018 - 22:02 Permalink

FB is a public platform and under the first ammendment we have

FREEDOM OF ASSEMBLY

and the internet sites are the modern freedom of assembly. 

anti-cen swamp Wed, 08/08/2018 - 05:22 Permalink

The whole cartel needs breaking up so we have real competition that does not fall under the control of the USA and it's pay masters in Israel who we still owe for doing 9-11

Time to fight back, DDOS the fuckers before they do a false flag and make out that hackers are doing it anyway but don't run such code from a windows machine because Microsoft is already recording your every key stroke anyway. 

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newworldorder Tue, 08/07/2018 - 22:20 Permalink

Is anyone bothered by the fact that the US Military Services are funding an alleged private civilian group who in turn does business with any American and International Corp that pays their fees?

Where do the loyalties of the Atlantic Council belong? To its private clients or the US and Nato allies that appear to fund them?

Why is it, that information that would be proprietary to the US Govt is shared or co-mingled with intelligence that will be going to Facebook or presumably any foreign actor, corporate or otherwise, - that is not friendly to the United States and its allies.

Have the Military Services, the US Govt and its allies gone out of their minds???????????  Why is Facebook trying to insulate itself from future investigations by using a quasi-government entity of NATO, as the final arbiter of its Corporate censorship actions?

What is the future censorship FB is contemplating that it needs the alleged intranational protections of the Atlantic Council?

If this is not a WTF moment, - nothing is.

 

 

 

Yukanol Fukov Wed, 08/08/2018 - 02:49 Permalink

So called democracies are nothing more than the illusion of 'choice'

All they are is the opportunity for the slaves to select one of the heads of a 2 headed monster to maintain the system of enslavement that the peasants think is freedom.

Trump was never meant to be one of the choices.

It was unthinkable that they would not have one of their stooges at the helm.

Only the choices selected and controlled by the monster should have been eligible.

Trump being elected was a major mistake and setback for those pulling the puppet strings.

This is why they are in a frenzy to harass and intimidate him into appearing illegitimate and incompetent- there will be no respite.

All the 'fake news' and Russian meddling propaganda is nothing but an excuse to take control of the tools that helped
get Trump elected, so that it never happens again.

All the social media platforms will be harassed and coerced (like Trump) into becoming nothing more than the propaganda
tools of the 2 headed monster, and will serve only it.

Just like the main stream media..

So if you think your vote counts you are ignorant and delusional.

Remember, "To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize"

Observe the hysterical reaction to Trumps comments on the FBI and the CIA etc. and wise up.

To repeat-

All the 'fake news' and Russian meddling propaganda is nothing but an excuse to take control of the tools that helped
get Trump elected, so that it never happens again.

moon_unit Wed, 08/08/2018 - 04:11 Permalink

The 4-person team should be checked against the exact list of accounts they recommended to be stopped, to see if they have any personal ethnic grudges, business motivations or organisation membership connections making them lean towards blocking those particular accounts.

Perhaps Facebook shouldn't be following the recommendations of foreign activists to manipulate information availability of the US election cycle by shutting down the free speech of US people that obviously undemocratic foreign activists don't happen to like?

anti-cen Wed, 08/08/2018 - 05:15 Permalink

No point speaking if your on fakebook and they are using censorship so you have to be careful about what you say 

Time to take our internet back en-mass by not using the big american names who all got seed money from the CIA or DDOS them all me thinks 

911bodysnatchers322 Wed, 08/08/2018 - 05:22 Permalink

This article will complete the grand theory of globalist conspiracy

 

It's all coming into play now.  It's exactly what Mae Brussell and Jim Marrs warned us about: global "fascists international", or what EIR/Larouche warned in CRIME, INC---> it's the cecil rhodes round table group.  It always was.  They basically think they can run the world as a security state thalassocracy that uses piracy and hierarchies of secret socieites to blackmail the complicit and abuse the unaware

 

No more.  They're f*cking done.  There will be blood.  The world will not go back to sleep.