I'm using FOM to brexit the brexit thread and set up a little space for some chat about the fabled 'real' politics so that it doesn't just get ignored and drowned in the relentless torrent of rolling westminster/brexit/omnishambles content. with no politics board I can only implore the fine & tolerant ppl of de subjectivisten to look kindly on this rude import, and perhaps offer a unique lowlands perspective on our concerns.
please pull up a seat to the fireside and ponder the shires and the deep state
― ogmor, Monday, 30 September 2019 13:29 (two weeks ago) link
first up: you always suspected but here are some details - infamous 77th brigade of the british army engaging in psyops/propaganda on twitter https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/twitter-executive-also-part-time-officer-uk-army-psychological-warfare-unit
― ogmor, Monday, 30 September 2019 13:31 (two weeks ago) link
Cobain’s other piece on a Muslim-youth-lifestyle site actually being part of a covert counterterrorism exercise is also worth a look:
The potential for this under-the-radar stuff being used to attack domestic political opponents is also pretty clear. The Integrity Initiative story from December 2018 seems to have ground to a halt with the government line that ‘yes we gave them £2m and they used their social media to attack Labour but we didn’t give the £2m for social media’ but it seems inevitable it will be an ongoing issue.
― ShariVari, Monday, 30 September 2019 16:30 (two weeks ago) link
proof schools have strong incentives to get good results: 10% of the 2017 cohort were removed from school rolls at some point without explanation by the time they get to GCSEs
― ogmor, Friday, 11 October 2019 08:03 (one week ago) link