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  • How A Network of Pakistan-Based Accounts Leveraged Mass Reporting to Silence Critics

    India calls out Pakistan for motivating false propaganda on social media

    The move follows a report by Stanford Internet Observatory (SIO) on its investigation exposing a network of Pakistan-based Facebook and Instagram accounts that leveraged mass reporting to silence critics of Islamabad.

    India on Tuesday called out Pakistan for propagating fake news through social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram.

    “Malicious propaganda, misinformation, #infodemic, fake news. Call it what you may. Do read this report from the @stanfordio on motivated false propaganda from Pakistan. The truth is out for the world to see,” Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations (New York) tweeted.

    This follows a report by Stanford Internet Observatory (SIO) on its investigation exposing a network of Pakistan-based Facebook and Instagram accounts that leveraged mass reporting to silence critics of Islamabad.

    On August 31, 2020, Facebook suspended 103 Pages, 78 Groups, 453 Facebook accounts, and 107 Instagram accounts for engaging in coordinated inauthentic behaviour. As it notes in its takedown report, Facebook attributed this network to individuals in Pakistan,” the SIO report reads.

    Facebook shared a portion of this network on August 28 with the SIO which then conducted its own investigation and brought out its report.

    The report highlights how a network of social media accounts originating in Pakistan posted Pakistani nationalist messages and criticized the Indian government. It also highlighted how the mass reporting networks operated, with Group and Page administrators mobilizing social media users to report accounts that were critical of Islam or the Pakistani military/government.

    Moreover, many pages and Groups posted Pakistani nationalist content, praising ISI, the Pakistan’s intelligence agency and the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party.

    It further said this is not the first public suspension of coordinated activity in Pakistan and that in April 2019 Facebook suspended a network of accounts linked to the InterServices Public Relations wing of the Pakistani military.

    According to Digital Forensic Research Lab, that network “represented a significant influence operation, apparently aimed at boosting support for the army inside Pakistan and boosting support for Pakistan abroad.”

    Additionally, reporting shows that Pakistani politicians work directly with prominent social media trolls to get pro-Pakistan hashtags trending on Twitter.

    The SIO report also noted “the repeated invoking of duty towards religion and nation for mass reporting”.
    ^ This article invoked my curiosity.

    The original PDF is attached. Please download it and read it in leisure. Nothing's new in it, the report in its essence will feel like I have written it, as I've been saying and repeating the same things here over many years. Observation, my friends.

    One thing to note is, what China does, which Pakistan copies, is not actually 5th generation warfare, it's hybrid warfare. Both work the same way. Give money to lobbyists, buy loyalty, rent a spy, write a positive op-ed in some big US publication, and get caught pants down, every damn time. Enjoy!

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    ^ Which leads me to state that ISI and MSS collaborates. Now, I am not saying this is news to me, or I have some solid proof, it's damned easy to figure this out. The way both these countries operate are identical in many fields, though it should be stated that Pak's capabilities are way inferior to that of China's.
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      The obvious question which remains unclear to the Stanford guys as to why Pak trolls would praise Indian military fan pages is - plausible deniability, so as not to raise suspicion on their activities. The idea was to come out as neutral when reported.
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        This has been the preferred method of ethnic cleansing that the PA has mastered since Pakistan took shape in 1947. Kill minorities, flood sunni Punjabis in PoK, Balochistan, and bring about a demographic change against Kashmiri Shias, Balochis etc.

        To be continued...
        Last edited by Oracle; 13 Sep 20,, 14:48.
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          Whatever you found was invented by the Russians first and they've already successfully trialed it on the Americans.

          We're just further down the line of guinea pigs.

          Free societies allow anyone to say something and as often.

          So they feed in some nonsense and hope it takes. Some times it does.

          Many times it does not because we put out a fair degree of crap already.

          Can these people really compete with the domestic opposition ? HAH!
          Last edited by Double Edge; 13 Sep 20,, 20:30.

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            Originally posted by Oracle View Post
            This has been the preferred method of ethnic cleansing that the PA has mastered since Pakistan took shape in 1947. Kill minorities, flood sunni Punjabis in PoK, Balochistan, and bring about a demographic change against Kashmiri Shias, Balochis etc.
            And China has been doing this in Xianjiang & Tibet.

            They've had some success in Xianjiang but the proportion of Hans in Tibet has not increased to the same extent.

            Altitude of Tibet is higher on average. Hans can't breathe as easily up there

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