The Intercept has a fantastic write-up from front to back on how to create and maintain an anonymous Twitter account.
A lot of folks prefer not to use social media at all, and that’s fine. For those staying completely under radar (as in, not posting anywhere), that’s no big deal. For those who understand the principles of propaganda and information operations, however, this is excellent information. Run several of them.
Social media like Facebook and Twitter, for agitators and activists, can be one of the more productive battlespaces — not for the standard chest-beating and trash-talking, but for more underhanded tactics of thread takeovers, topic steering, and other fun activities. Learn how to do it right, then go do it. Just make sure you’re covering your rear end.
Hint: The other side has been doing it effectively for decades. Take a page from their playbook. Just because they hate you doesn’t mean they have nothing to teach you.
Today begins a three-part series in which I examine how social media like Facebook and search engines like Google seek to not only silence you if you’re not part of the Borg, but actually force-feed you their narrative.
The problem is not just that Facebook censors content, although it does; it’s a multifaceted issue, brought about partly by the fact that many misunderstand what the First Amendment protects, and what Facebook’s obligations are to the public. Add in Facebook’s leftist leadership, and their known propensity for stifling conservative and libertarian thought, and the result is a perfect storm, in which misunderstandings about freedom of speech are juxtaposed with Facebook’s leftist agenda.
The First Amendment’s provisions – freedom of religion, speech, assembly, petition, and the press – all have one thing in common; they are referring to a government-citizen relationship. The amendment does not, as many believe, create a free-for-all where anyone can say anything without consequence. In our personal lives, the things we say and do have repercussions; we all censor ourselves on a daily basis at our jobs and in our relationships; we do this not because we have to, but because we choose to, because it’s the responsible thing to do. The difference between individuals and Facebook, however, is that in our personal lives, we make that choice based on our own morals, our own beliefs, or the situation at hand. On Facebook, a faceless, nameless algorithm — or a human who disagrees with your viewpoints — makes the decision for you, based upon their morals, politics, and personal mood.
For some reason, I keep seeing people using Facebook to coordinate activism, or recruit new members. I’ve seen groups work with little codewords they think are clever, or come up with callsigns that they think will somehow keep them anonymous. No matter how many times people and groups get infiltrated successfully, the idiocy continues to abound, as people think they’ve come up with a sure-fire way to protect themselves on Facebook. None of that works, and I’m about to show you why.
Blue Lives Matter infiltrated the KKK — on Facebook — and it looks like exactly the same type of action I’ve done, taught others to do, and seen over and over in so-called “patriot groups” and leftist groups alike. It basically goes like this:
- Make a fake account, tailor it to the target audience, and add a few folks from the group you’re trying to get into.
- Keep adding people, a little at a time. Leverage the mutual friends aspect. The better you are at this, the faster you’ll develop your network in the target group. It’s not about bulk — it’s about targeting very specific people, then leveraging their friends list to get more, slowly worming your way in.
- Usually if you have mutual friends, your target will accept your friend request. Later, when you have 40-something mutual friends with people, they’ll start thinking YOU are the popular one, and they’ll start chasing you down.
- Once you’re in, you’re in. People still can’t seem to wrap their heads around the basic idea of layered security, so they figure if you have all those mutual friends, you’re in the secret group, and you’ve got the appropriate ‘bling’ on your page, that you’re down with the struggle. Sit back and watch the information flow.
Why am I posting this? Because you need to learn from the mistakes of others. It doesn’t matter who the story is about — their tactics (or lack thereof) are what you need to look at. It’s important to note that these guys were especially stupid — but then again, I’ve seen worse.
Learn to look past WHO, to the WHAT and WHY. And for God’s sake, quit coordinating stuff on Facebook.