Russia Trolls 'Spreading Vaccination Misinformation' to Create Discord

Oct 31, 2017
5,514
Not America
#51
Americans: "We have the largest military in the world!"
Russians: "Americans also have their constitution which they just love to love"
Americans: "Yes! muh guns! muh army! muh Jesus! muh constitution right and freedom to-"
Russians: "protest for anti-intellectualism which gives us the best leverage"

American media is responsible for playing the both sides games with these anti-vaxers. It is also a similar story with American (global) social media platforms like FB and Twitter who have on far too many times decided to be the platform for spreading misinformation. All for the clicks, hits; all for that almighty dollar.
From American public education system that does not pay fair wages to its teachers to abdicating responsibilities for adopting common sense firearm laws despite recurring mass shootings to not having a health care system for the people and wrapping it with words like "freedom" and "choice" to electing an absolute prejudiced and bigoted cunt who himself had tweeted about the 'dangers of vaccine'.
 
Oct 29, 2017
3,461
#52
It's quite astounding really. The fact that a strategy like, "A lot of Americans are stupid, so let's exploit that" actually has the numbers in the general American population to WORK really shows just how far critical thinking/education has fallen in America, or, maybe more accurately, just how much racism and religion can override critical thinking. Either way, it's going to be an amazing historical example of the effectiveness of propaganda/disinformation campaigns to circumvent military superiority, and go straight for the civilian population to do damage to the political infrastructure.
This isn't an American thing. Dumb people believe in flat earth, are anti-vaccation, and all sorts of other things, everywhere.
 
Oct 25, 2017
4,472
#53
How much of 4chan & reddit is basically this kind of stuff? I reckon it's a lot. Conspiracies, racism, bad medical advice, people pretending to be 11 years old casually dropping the N word because "It's just a joke and free speech, guys!"...
I don't know about 4chan, but you do see this sort of thing on reddit every now and then. Threads sometimes suddenly get flooded with drivebys of people saying charged but short statements like "lol fake news", "haha keep believing that sheeple" and so on, and sometimes posters do notice that they're all from users who only post similar statements in similar threads.
 
Oct 25, 2017
8,197
NYC
#54
How much of 4chan & reddit is basically this kind of stuff? I reckon it's a lot. Conspiracies, racism, bad medical advice, people pretending to be 11 years old casually dropping the N word because "It's just a joke and free speech, guys!"...
reddit is 100% filled with bots and trolls, whole site is trash