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Twitter Files: ‘special protection’ was given to ‘U.S. military’s online psychological influence ops’

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Part 8 of the “Twitter Files” saga was released by investigative journalist Lee Fang on Tuesday. The latest installment highlights how the social media juggernaut “quietly aided the Pentagon’s covert online PsyOp campaign.”

“Despite promises to shut down covert state-run propaganda networks, Twitter docs show that the social media giant directly assisted the U.S. military’s influence operations,” Fang wrote in reference to the company’s role in an alleged online psychological operation aimed at shaping opinion in the Middle East and beyond.

Most notably, Fang writes “despite promises to shut down covert state-run propaganda networks, Twitter docs show that the social media giant directly assisted the U.S. military’s influence operations.”

Fang continues in a lengthy Twitter thread, that although “Twitter has claimed for years they they make concerted efforts to detect & thwart gov-backed platform manipulation” the documents show otherwise.

“But behind the scenes, Twitter gave approval & special protection to the U.S. military’s online psychological influence ops. Despite knowledge that Pentagon propaganda accounts used covert identities, Twitter did not suspend many for around 2 years or more. Some remain active” the thread continues.

 

 

 

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Islamic Republic arresting women who refuse to wear the mandated Hijab

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The Islamic Republic of Iran is emboldening its prowess as it seems to be getting away with instigating unrest in the Middle East. Over the weekend, Iran launched hundreds of missiles and drones against Israel. But inside the country, authoritarian reign is also rearing its ugly head. On April 3, the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, reiterated his support for the Hijab coverings for women. He stated that “Hijab is a Sharia-based obligation that must not be abrogated. Hijab is also a legal obligation, and everyone must respect the law.” morality police have been reported to be involved in a new crackdown on women in the country who refuse to wear the mandated hijab in public places.

On April 15, Iranian journalist Diana Ghalibaf posted on X that she had been arrested for a hijab violation and was later returned to jail for her subsequent publicizing of the event. The regime’s national police chief, Ahmad-Reza Radan, announced in an April 11th press release that more attention would be paid to public dress standards.

Foreign Desk News reports: “Social media images of the new efforts have shown violent arrests by both male and female officers, including the use of Tasers to force compliance. One new tactic appears to be the deployment of plainclothes officers near the confrontation sites to prevent bystanders from interfering with any of the investigations.”

 

 

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