The new hard right - tactics & objectives

By Mike H | A curated list of articles detailing the tactics and objectives of the hard right, mostly relating to Brexit and Trump. Topics include financial interests, active measures and key figures.

Revealed: Ukip whistleblowers raised fears about Breitbart influence on Brexit

Sources tell Guardian that senior ‘volunteers’ in Ukip before EU referendum were paid by the rightwing US website<p>Two internal Ukip whistleblowers filed complaints to the UK’s Electoral Commission over fears the party was making “unusual arrangements” with a pro-Trump website in the months before …

Referendums

Now Facebook's Russian advert crisis is turning towards Brexit

As Facebook, Google and Twitter face-off against US politicians over their role in disseminating Russian propaganda, authorities in the UK are …

Russia

Social-media images shown as evidence of 'Russian trolls'

<b>US senators have put on show several examples of what they believe to be Russia's attempt to influence US citizens via social media.</b><p>Facebook, Twitter and Google had previously shared with congressional investigators some examples of what they suspected to be adverts and messages posted by …

U.S. Senate

Here Are 14 Facebook and Instagram Ads that Russian Trolls Bought to Divide Americans

Lawmakers released some ads purchased on Facebook and Instagram by Russian government-linked entities.<p>Lawmakers finally disclosed a small sample of the more than 3,000 ads that Russian trolls bought on Facebook and Instagram during the 2016 presidential election. In addition to the ads that …

Social Media

Trump, Assange, Bannon, Farage… bound together in an unholy alliance

The WikiLeaks founder’s astonishing admission should prompt MPs finally to start asking questions<p>Last Wednesday, 11 months into Donald Trump’s new world order, in the first year of normalisation, a sudden unblurring of lines took place. A shift. A door of perception swung open.<p>Because that was the …

Brexit

What Did Cambridge Analytica Really Do for Trump's Campaign?

News that Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix approached Wikileaks founder Julian Assange last year to exploit Hillary Clinton’s private emails has …

Elections

Brexit Twitter bots posted 65,000 messages then vanished after EU referendum

<b>A network of 13,000 Twitter bots posted 65,000 Brexit messages in the month before last year’s EU referendum – only to vanish shortly afterwards.</b><p>New …

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Brexit

Trump-Linked Data Firm Removes State Dept., NATO Logos After NBC Questions

The company that created Cambridge Analytica, the data analytics operation that helped Donald Trump win the 2016 presidential election, has removed the U.S. State Department logo and the NATO logo from its website after inquiries from NBC News.<p>The website of SCL Group, a private British behavioral …

Corruption

Data firm behind Trump victory hits back at Brexit data breach allegations

The data analytics firm employed by U.S. President Donald Trump's campaign team has hit back at allegations that it may have breached data protection …

Donald Trump

Issue Brief: Distinguishing Disinformation from Propaganda, Misinformation, and “Fake News” – NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR DEMOCRACY

<b>In This Brief:</b><p>What the word ‘disinformation’ means<br>• What sets disinformation apart from other forms of manipulative or persuasive content<br>• Why today’s …

Propaganda

How Brexit Was Engineered by Foreign Billionaires to Bring About Economic Chaos – for Profit

<i>In this truly alarming story I connect three significant articles to show that Brexit, far from being the result of representative democracy, is in</i> …

Brexit

MP calls for inquiry into Arron Banks and 'dark money' in EU referendum

Ben Bradshaw raises concerns over ‘foreign interference’ and says there are questions over wealth of leave campaign’s biggest backer<p>A Labour MP has said there are “real questions” about how much Arron Banks – the entrepreneur who bankrolled Brexit – is worth as he called on the government to …

Brexit

Was 'Tennessee' Twitter Account Really Russian Propaganda?

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Was a Twitter account that claimed to represent Tennessee Republicans really part of Russian attempts to influence last year's …

Donald Trump

Russian journalists publish massive investigation into St. Petersburg troll factory's U.S. operations

A day after Dozhd television published an interview with a former member of Russia’s infamous Internet Research Agency, the magazine RBC released a …

Russia

Sockpuppets, Secessionists, and Breitbart

<b>How Russia May Have Orchestrated a Massive Social Media Influence Campaign</b><p><i>By Jonathon Morgan and Kris Shaffer, with support from C.E. Carey, Wendy</i> …

Donald Trump

Russian trolls were schooled on ‘House of Cards’

The Russians who worked for a notorious St. Petersburg “troll factory” that was part of Vladimir Putin’s campaign to influence the 2016 presidential …

Internet Research Agency

Twitter's turn in the barrel

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey overnight promised "a more aggressive stance" to deter harassment and protect speech, in an effort to defuse …

Social Media

FBI document cache sheds light on inner workings of Russia’s U.S. news (and propaganda) network

WASHINGTON — On Jan. 23, 2017, the day he started as a Washington correspondent for Sputnik, Andrew Feinberg was emailed a copy of a “style guide” …

Russia

The making of a Russian disinformation campaign: What it takes

Editor's Note: (Michael Weiss is a national security analyst for CNN and author of "ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror." )<p><b>(CNN) —</b> It started with a synagogue in Cologne.<p>On Christmas Eve 1959, two men drew swastikas on the wall of the house of worship, along with the phrase, "Germans Demand That Jews …

Russia

Dominic Cummings (@odysseanproject) deletes his Twitter account – piecing it back together

Dominic Cummings was Campaign Director of Vote Leave. His tweets from his account @odysseanproject became strangely compelling, and he was a …

Bad Science

Pierre Omidyar: 6 ways social media has become a direct threat to democracy

The WorldPost | Opinion<p>October 9, 2017 at 1:14 PM<p>People hold smartphones against a backdrop projected with the Twitter logo. (Kacper Pempel/Reuters)<p><i>Pierre Omidyar, founder of eBay, is a philanthropist, technologist and humanitarian. He is a member of</i> <i>The WorldPost</i> <i>editorial board.</i><p>While it’s hard to …

Censorship

A 'liberal teacher' became a conservative enemy for a viral Vegas tweet. But does she actually exist?

The Intersect | Analysis<p>October 7, 2017 at 7:00 AM<p>Less than 24 hours after a shooting massacre in Las Vegas left 59 people dead, Sean Hannity was on his Fox News program talking to his audience about one of his favorite subjects: liberals. That night he was focused on the “despicable” ones whom he …

Social Media

Russian propaganda may have been shared hundreds of millions of times, new research says

The Switch<p>October 5, 2017 at 11:58 AM<p>REUTERS/Dado Ruvic<p>Facebook has said ads bought by Russian operatives reached 10 million of its users.<p>But does that include everyone reached by the information operation? Couldn’t the Russians also have created simple — and free — Facebook posts and hoped they …

Internet Research Agency

Facebook and Google promote politicized fake news about Las Vegas shooter

The spread of rightwing blogs, claiming the shooter was an anti-Trump liberal, on to mainstream platforms is the latest example of hyper-partisan trolling after a tragedy<p>Las Vegas shooting – latest updates How the Las Vegas shooting unfolded<p>Facebook and Google promoted false news stories claiming …

Las Vegas Shooting

Twitter suspends Russia-linked accounts, but U.S. senator says response inadequate

WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Twitter (TWTR.N) said on Thursday it had suspended about 200 Russian-linked accounts as it probes online efforts to meddle with the 2016 U.S. election, but an influential Democratic senator slammed its steps as insufficient.<p>Senator Mark Warner, the top Democrat …

Donald Trump

Countering Computational Propaganda with Volume Analytics

Future Fear – BardIonson.com<p><b>Countering Computational Propaganda</b><p>There is something new happening in computer science and social media. It is …

Propaganda

Twitter, With Accounts Linked to Russia, to Face Congress Over Role in Election

SAN FRANCISCO — After a weekend when Americans took to social media to debate President Trump’s admonishment of N.F.L. players who do not stand for the national anthem, a network of Twitter accounts suspected of links to Russia seized on both sides of the issue with hashtags such as #boycottnfl, …

House Intelligence Committee