State Department Gets $40 Million to Fund New Propaganda Troll Farm

By Jason Ditz

On Monday, the US State Department announced that it had obtained $40 million from the Pentagon to fund a new propaganda and disinformation campaign through the “Global Engagement Center.

While the Global Engagement Center was initially conceived of as resisting foreign propaganda efforts, the new funding is set to be invested in going “on the offensive” in global propaganda war with America’s own disinformation campaigns.

The US, of course, is no stranger to engaging in overseas propaganda efforts, but the inexorable nature of global information sharing in the modern era means that such US propaganda always risks misinforming the US public.

Congress has approved the offensive on the grounds that it be used to “counter Russia.” In practice, this likely means much of the funding will be used to try to skew global perception of Russia even more hostile than it already is.

Yet setting up and funding this troll farm so publicly is highly risky, both because the US has a history of laughingly embarrassing failures in online narrative management, and because in publicly going after Russia, they risk as strong backlash.

By Jason Ditz / Republished with permission / ANTIWAR.COM / Report a typo

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5 Comments on "State Department Gets $40 Million to Fund New Propaganda Troll Farm"

  1. Another 40 million to CNN? I guess we have to bail out the cable news channels due to the loss of subscribers.

  2. Daveed de la Valle | February 27, 2018 at 12:28 pm | Reply

    Censorship is alive and well in the USA………….the 1st Amendment is apparently on hold here.

  3. Daveed de la Valle | February 27, 2018 at 12:30 pm | Reply

    Keep Info-wars open for business……maybe we need to group fund a new platform for videos; call it NEWTUBE

  4. Laundering bribes through the government

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