Saturday, May 5, 2012

Big Brother Isn't Just Watching You, He's Messaging You!

So how much fun are social network sites like Facebook, Reddit, Pinterest, Linked In etc?
Maybe not as much fun as you thought.
I've seen people accusing people of being "sock puppets" for "The Man" online for years.
But it looks like they not have been as paranoid as some thought.....

Military's 'sock puppet' software creates fake online identities to spread pro-American propaganda
"The US military is developing software that will let it secretly manipulate social media sites by using fake online personas to influence internet conversations and spread pro-American propaganda."

CNET learns the FBI is quietly pushing its plan to force surveillance backdoors on social networks, VoIP, and Web e-mail providers, and that the bureau is asking Internet companies not to oppose a law making those backdoors mandatory.
"The FBI is asking Internet companies not to oppose a controversial proposal that would require firms, including Microsoft, Facebook, Yahoo, and Google, to build in backdoors for government surveillance."

Of course a lot of people believe this is just TPTB going public with what they have been doing for years.
And you know, that doesn't sound too crazy now does it?
Isn't it cool when conspiracy theories turn out to be true?

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