Case study on propaganda: antifa
Long but interesting look at how a story gets purposely amplified and repeated via russian bots in order to shape the conversation. If you were reading twitter and facebook with RT-sourced news about antifa at berkley, you've been a victim of russian propaganda.
Misinformation and disinformation often spread faster than the truth, and by the time the narrative is corrected, social media has already moved on to the next “big thing.”
The narrative surrounding last weekend’s protests in Berkeley took shape on social media and was picked up, at least in part, by mainstream news outlets. The result was a skewed presentation of events that was almost entirely devoid of the context in which they took place. Even more troubling: that narrative was influenced by pro-Russian social media networks, including state-sponsored propaganda outlets, botnets, cyborgs, and individual users.