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Twitter Suspends Accounts For Propaganda, Has Literal Propagandist As High-Level Executive

Middle East Eye‘s Ian Cobain has published an exclusive titled “Twitter executive for Middle East is British Army ‘psyops’ soldier”, exposing the fact that Twitter’s senior editorial executive for Europe, the Middle East and Africa also works for an actual, literal propaganda unit in the British military called the 77th Brigade. Which is mighty interesting, considering the fact that Twitter constantly suspends accounts from non-empire-aligned nations based on the allegation that they are engaging in propaganda.

“The senior Twitter executive with editorial responsibility for the Middle East is also a part-time officer in the British Army’s psychological warfare unit,” Cobain writes. “Gordon MacMillan, who joined the social media company’s UK office six years ago, has for several years also served with the 77th Brigade, a unit formed in 2015 in order to develop ‘non-lethal’ ways of waging war. The 77th Brigade uses social media platforms such as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, as well as podcasts, data analysis and audience research to wage what the head of the UK military, General Nick Carter, describes as ‘information warfare’.”

MacMillan’s presence in a government psyops unit was not a secret; until Middle East Eye began raising questions on the matter, it was right there on his LinkedIn profile. This is not something that anyone considering him for promotion was likely to have been unaware of. According to his (now-edited) LinkedIn page, MacMillan has been in his current position as Head of Editorial EMEA since July 2016. According to Middle East Eye, MacMillan was already a captain in the 77th Brigade by the end of 2016. His current rank there is being hidden behind a wall of government secrecy.

When questioned by Middle East Eye about MacMillan’s work in the British Army’s online propaganda program, Twitter hilariously responded, “Twitter is an open, neutral and rigorously independent platform. We actively encourage all our employees to pursue external interests in line with our commitment to healthy corporate social responsibility, and we will continue to do so.”

That’s very nice of Twitter, isn’t it? They encourage their employees to pursue wholesome external interests, whether that be tennis, volunteering at a soup kitchen, or moonlighting at a military program explicitly devoted to online psychological warfare. You know, just everyday socially responsible pastime stuff.

The fact that Twitter not only employs known propagandists but actively promotes them to executive positions is a very large and inconvenient plot hole in their “open, neutral and rigorously independent platform” story. Especially since, as I documented recently, the mass purges of foreign Twitter accounts we’ve been seeing more and more of lately always exclusively target governments and groups which are not in alignment with the interests of the US-centralized power alliance of which the UK is a part. We’ve seen mass suspensions of accounts from Cuba, China, Russia, Iran, Venezuela, and the Catalan independence movement on allegations of “coordinated influence operations” and “covert, manipulative behaviors”, yet Twitter currently employs a high-level executive for whom coordinated influence operations and covert, manipulative behaviors on behalf of the British government are a known vocation.

“On September 20 Twitter deleted a large number of accounts, including in MacMillan’s area of responsibility. How many of those were designated by the British state?” asks Moon of Alabama of this new report.

How many indeed?

This is just one more item on the ever-growing mountain of evidence that these giant, immensely influential social media platforms we’ve all been herded into are nothing other than state propaganda for the digital age. True, they operate in a way which disregards the official lines that are drawn between government power and corporate power and the lines that are drawn between nations, but then, so do our rulers. We are living in a globe-spanning corporate oligarchic empire, and these government-aligned Silicon Valley giants are a major part of that empire’s propaganda engine.

The real power of that empire and that oligarchy lies in their invisibile and unacknowledged nature. Officially we all live in separate, sovereign nations run by democratically elected officials; unofficially we live in a massive transnational empire ruled by a loose alliance of plutocrats and opaque government agencies where military propagandists are employed by social media monopolies to manipulate public narratives. The official mask exists only on the level of narrative, while the unofficial reality is what’s actually happening. Yet whenever you try to publicly discuss the threat that is being posed by oligarchic narrative control online, you get told by establishment loyalists and libertarians that Twitter is just a simple private business running things in a way that is entirely separate from government censorship and state propaganda.

All we clear-eyed rebels can do is keep documenting the evidence of what’s going on and pointing to it as loudly as we can. So once again for the people in the back: Twitter employs literal government propagandists as high-level executives while purging accounts from unabsorbed governments for circulating unauthorized narratives. This is a fact. Remember it.

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    * The Huffington Post is owned by Verizon.

    * John Oliver works for AT&T.

    * Trevor Noah works for Viacom, which is controlled by the same shareholder who controls CBS.

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    • You wasted your time and ours.

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  • ““Twitter is an open, neutral and rigorously independent platform. We actively encourage all our employees to pursue external interests in line with our commitment to healthy corporate social responsibility, and we will continue to do so.”

    Classic corporate MBA speak. Very similar to DNC hack Tom Perez bullshitter speak. One read this stuff and thinks what the hell did I just read. Does this say anything? Wasn’t Hitler rigorously independent? How does Twitter censorship equate w being open and neutral? The key unelaborated bit is what Twitter considers to be “healthy corporate social responsibility”. It can be anything they choose it to be. It might even be reinforcing the elite political narrative needed to properly socialize the population. In other words it may be anti free speech.

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    Then I thought, “that must be why Twitter’s official response was to imply his other job was just a hobby.”

    Hey, I answered my own “But Caitlin” this time. 🙂

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  • “Twitter is an open, neutral and rigorously independent platform. We actively encourage all our employees to pursue external interests in line with our commitment to healthy corporate social responsibility, and we will continue to do so.”
    _______________________________________________

    Presumably this was written by Gordon MacMillan– he’s worth every penny they’re paying him.

    And what’s the problem? Everybody should have a hobby!

  • You’re reading this because you’re either an intellectually curious truth-seeker, or an NSA/CIA/FBI/Mossad/GCHQ/MI6/MI5 tumor upon humanity. If you realize NBC/CNN/NYT/PBS/NPR/BBC/ABC are compromised, don’t forget to include Majority Report, emptywheel, Pod Save America, David Pakman, Young Turks, The Intercept, and Democracy Now in that list. Have a nice day!

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    I pray the Rosary to hasten the Return of Jesus because I am totally fed up and I have really seen enough bullshit.

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      Robert Mueller (FBI director immediately before and after 9/11) (September 4, 2001 – September 4, 2013) is **still** withholding the name of a government official(s) of Saudi Arabia known to have supported the 9/11 hijackers.

      The vast majority of Americans, at the time of our 2003 invasion of Iraq believed Saddam was involved in 9/11. All along the FBI is hiding the role of the Saudi government.

      And they are **still** withholding the Saudi government official’s name.

  • From a post recently viewed at MoA:

    https://www.portman.senate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/senate-passes-major-portman-murphy-counter-propaganda-bill-part-ndaa

    December 08, 2016

    Senate Passes Major Portman-Murphy Counter-Propaganda Bill as Part of NDAA
    Portman/Murphy Bill Promotes Coordinated Strategy to Defend America,
    Allies Against Propaganda and Disinformation from Russia, China & Others

    The first priority is developing a whole-of-government strategy for countering
    foreign propaganda and disinformation. The bill would increase the authority,
    resources, and mandate of the Global Engagement Center to include state actors
    like Russia and China in addition to violent extremists. The Center will be
    led by the State Department, but with the active senior level participation
    of the Department of Defense, USAID, the Broadcasting Board of Governors,
    the Intelligence Community, and other relevant agencies. The Center will
    develop, integrate, and synchronize whole-of-government initiatives to expose
    and counter foreign disinformation operations and proactively advance fact-based
    narratives that support U.S. allies and interests.

    Second, the legislation seeks to leverage expertise from outside government to
    create more adaptive and responsive U.S. strategy options. The legislation
    establishes a fund to help train local journalists and provide grants and
    contracts to NGOs, civil society organizations, think tanks, private sector companies,
    media organizations, and other experts outside the U.S. government with experience
    in identifying and analyzing the latest trends in foreign government disinformation
    techniques. This fund will complement and support the Center’s role by integrating
    capabilities and expertise available outside the U.S. government into the
    strategy-making process. It will also empower a decentralized network of private
    sector experts and integrate their expertise into the strategy-making process.

    • Especially note these important lines from above article:

      proactively advance fact-based narratives that support U.S. allies and interests.

      The legislation establishes a fund to help train local journalists and provide grants and
      contracts to NGOs, civil society organizations, think tanks, private sector companies,
      media organizations
      __

  • Anything to maintain control of the narrative. So much for media freedom. So much for freedom of speech. George Orwell got it so right. The jack booted goosesteps are getting louder.

  • “This is just one more item on the ever-growing mountain of evidence that these giant, immensely influential social media platforms we’ve all been herded into are nothing other than state propaganda for the digital age”.

    Although some of us have declined to be “herded”; I for one have never had a social media account other than LinkedIn (which I never visit and keep up out of inertia mostly) and Facebook (I opened an account, immediately realised I didn’t want it, but of course was unable to delete it fully – so it lives on as a ghost).

    Occasionally I see reports of some tweet, always because someone has copied it into a Web page.

    It’s the same with social media, Microsoft, and the USA in general: just don’t.

  • there has been no bright line between the government and the corporate for 40 years or longer. the government serves the financial / corporate overlords, across the national borders, across religioous, racial or sexual lines. there’s no line that separates CIA, the limitary, the silly-con valley, Hollywood, MSM, FED, academia etc etc, of course not. yes, naming names is important, but a surprise it is not.

  • Dear Caitlin,
    Reading your comment on Twitter’s EMEA senior editor didn’t surprise me until further on I was reminded, that these huge background alliances seem to be going in the direction of the powers before WW1. Secret treaties and alliances that only become clear once war is declared, huge complicated forces military and otherwise waiting to be mobilised, that could be hard to turn off with the confused governments we have in the West and the opposed autocrats, interests and forces everywhere else. There are just too many triggers waiting out there. What are the chances of alerting our populaces to the possibility, when most can’t get their heads around impeaching the President, Brexit and climate change; not to mention the day to day learning to live with other cultures that are desperate to come to the West for quality of life but want us to be more like where they came from. Also the steady fall in real standards of living, especially wages and education. When you look at what Australia accomplished in two centuries and what happened to tribal areas like Africa, the Middle East and similar, the diverse influences now being promoted, particularly to our young people, don’t seem to be constructive.
    By the way, I find I’m not drawn to your readings as much as you writings. Nothing wrong with you, perhaps I’m just an old fart with a document orientated background.
    Regards, Richard.

  • Nice exposé, C J.

  • Great info! Someday you will find out that the US is actually the face of the British Empire. We haven’t been free since 1871. So this doesn’t surprise me in the least bit I am grateful to you for bringing it to the surface. Don’t trust Wikipedia. Look where they are based. Peace.

  • Such an important story…thank you for bringing to the attention of your readers.

  • http://www.johndayblog.com/2019/09/eternally-vigilant.html
    Sun Yat Sen was one of the great historical figures of the 20th century, but we Americans never heard much about him.
    His acolytes were lesser and more egotistical, Mao and Chiang Kai-shek.
    Eleni sent this article with some quotes from Master Sun about the British Empire, considering it as a whole entity, not considering where the core will-to-power might lie, which directed that empire.
    Where does that will-to-power reside now?
    It seems mobile and transnational, like money, come to think of it…
    ​ ​“The British are as cunning as the fox and as changeable as the weather and they are not ashamed of themselves… Britain seeks friendship only with those which can render her services, and when her friends are too weak to be of any use to her, they must be sacrificed in her interests. Britain’s tender regard for her friends is like the delicate care usually shown by farmers in the rearing of silkworms; after all the silk has been drawn from the cocoons, they are destroyed by fire or used as food for fish. The present friends of Britain are no more than silkworms.”
    ​ ​“The key policy of England is to attack the strongest enemy with the help of the weaker countries and join the weakened enemy in checking the growth of a 3rd country. The British foreign policy has remained basically unchanged for two centuries.”
    ​ ​“When England befriends another country, the purpose is not to maintain a cordial friendship for the sake of friendship but to utilize that country as a tool to fight a third country. When an enemy has been shorn of his power, he is turned into a friend, and the friend who has become strong, into an enemy. England always remains in a commanding position; she makes other countries fight her wars and she herself reaps the fruits of victory.”
    https://theduran.com/sun-yat-sens-advice-to-young-revolutionaries-dont-be-imperial-stooges/

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