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TWX [TotalFark]
2020-09-25 1:46:24 PM  
Yeah but the problem is they've so invested themselves that even with the lie exposed for what it is they'll defend it to the bitter end.
 
2020-09-25 1:53:21 PM  
Nice going, Nimbus!

/stratusfearmongering
 
2020-09-25 1:57:48 PM  
So... when does the U.S. Air Force park a few bunker busters into Facebook's HQ and haul that android off to jail?
 
2020-09-25 2:16:49 PM  
So, Putin got a bootin'?
 
2020-09-25 2:59:06 PM  
The day someone manages to put a few bullets in Putin's head, he/she will be treated as a hero by the whole world... except for the Russian citizens that actually like and believe in him, and 62,984,828 American citizens.
 
2020-09-25 4:01:07 PM  
Oh noes, the Russians have gotten their hands on deadly FWD:FWD:FWD:FWD:FWD:FWD: technology!

We have to close the email chain gap!
 
2020-09-25 4:01:50 PM  
 All my uncles are dead. Oh, wait, one is still alive. Not sure where he stands politically, but he's white and in his 60s, so probably Republican.

Anyway, no, I don't wonder where any of those idiots get their stupid shiat from. I don't care. All I know is it's stupid. It either came from the internet or Fox "News."

There. Saved everyone a click.
 
2020-09-25 4:04:00 PM  

NewportBarGuy: So... when does the U.S. Air Force park a few bunker busters into Facebook's HQ and haul that android off to jail?


When he stops being rich. The USA has an athlete worship problem, a firearm worship problem, AND a wealth worship problem.
 
2020-09-25 4:04:10 PM  
Man, I'll never forgive my parents for not allowing me to play Runescape because of how dangerous the internet is, only for them to turn around and be like "I heard Hillary Clinton invented Covid as a form of airborne AIDS to steal the 2020 election. FreedomEagle.Facebook told me!"
 
2020-09-25 4:04:44 PM  
Russia?

*click*

Russia.
 
2020-09-25 4:05:04 PM  

NewportBarGuy: So... when does the U.S. Air Force park a few bunker busters into Facebook's HQ and haul that android off to jail?


When he moves his data collections to Singapore and his data collection stops becoming patriotic.
 
2020-09-25 4:09:46 PM  

MattytheMouse: Man, I'll never forgive my parents for not allowing me to play Runescape because of how dangerous the internet is, only for them to turn around and be like "I heard Hillary Clinton invented Covid as a form of airborne AIDS to steal the 2020 election. FreedomEagle.Facebook told me!"


Or even off-line games too.  My mother was pissed that I installed Red Alert 2 on the children computer (sister and I had an XP computer in the kids room along with the ancient Tandy, mother had a 95 and a 98 and a really old laptop in her genealogy office), that she told me to uninstall the game and then throw it out.  I tossed the empty box but kept the discs.  Damn do I still enjoy that game, and I am at the breaking point with my mother.
 
2020-09-25 4:09:50 PM  

TWX: Yeah but the problem is they've so invested themselves that even with the lie exposed for what it is they'll defend it to the bitter end.


'Facebook deleted a bunch of pages I follow. WHAT IS FACEBOOK COVERING UP?!?'
 
2020-09-25 4:11:53 PM  

NM Volunteer: MattytheMouse: Man, I'll never forgive my parents for not allowing me to play Runescape because of how dangerous the internet is, only for them to turn around and be like "I heard Hillary Clinton invented Covid as a form of airborne AIDS to steal the 2020 election. FreedomEagle.Facebook told me!"

Or even off-line games too.  My mother was pissed that I installed Red Alert 2 on the children computer (sister and I had an XP computer in the kids room along with the ancient Tandy, mother had a 95 and a 98 and a really old laptop in her genealogy office), that she told me to uninstall the game and then throw it out.  I tossed the empty box but kept the discs.  Damn do I still enjoy that game, and I am at the breaking point with my mother.


To add insult to injury, my mom got abducted by a pedophile from AOL messenger last month. Like, WTF, mom?
 
2020-09-25 4:11:58 PM  
I didn't really wonder subby.. I mean, this has been known for years upon years by now.
 
2020-09-25 4:13:20 PM  
Most likely the same place my racist, idiot, Millennial neighbors get it from - Facebook.
 
2020-09-25 4:13:52 PM  

hugram: The day someone manages to put a few bullets in Putin's head, he/she will be treated as a hero by the whole world... except for the Russian citizens that actually like and believe in him, and 62,984,828 American citizens.


You forgot the many in CIS that are big fans of Mr. Putin's. He is hero to many in the region who see Russia as the spiritual heir to USSR.
 
2020-09-25 4:14:49 PM  
I hope that someway, somehow our side's nerd bunch are filling Russian social media with similar amounts of phony, hateful, and hurtful crap to poison Uncle Ivan's brains in return for their lousing things up over here.
 
2020-09-25 4:15:22 PM  

MattytheMouse: NM Volunteer: MattytheMouse: Man, I'll never forgive my parents for not allowing me to play Runescape because of how dangerous the internet is, only for them to turn around and be like "I heard Hillary Clinton invented Covid as a form of airborne AIDS to steal the 2020 election. FreedomEagle.Facebook told me!"

Or even off-line games too.  My mother was pissed that I installed Red Alert 2 on the children computer (sister and I had an XP computer in the kids room along with the ancient Tandy, mother had a 95 and a 98 and a really old laptop in her genealogy office), that she told me to uninstall the game and then throw it out.  I tossed the empty box but kept the discs.  Damn do I still enjoy that game, and I am at the breaking point with my mother.

To add insult to injury, my mom got abducted by a pedophile from AOL messenger last month. Like, WTF, mom?


I'm not sure which is more shocking, that someone could be kidnapped like that or that people are still using AOL.
 
2020-09-25 4:16:12 PM  
Watching my uncle's racism develop on Facebook was fascinating. The process was so obvious, but, for him, inescapable.

Old timey crap leads to nostalgia leads to life used to be better leads to whatever changed is bad leads to THEY are bad leads to weird 'shops of Ilhan Omar and claiming immigrants are bringing smallpox to America. All tailor made for a recently retired shut in who always knew the world had it out for him. I hate to think what he might be posting in the time since I blocked him.
 
2020-09-25 4:16:17 PM  
I read this novel a long time ago, it was called The Spike, and it involved the Soviets compromising not the top people in power but their assistants. In that way the Soviets could control the more powerful target in an indirect way. For instance, what if a Senator's most trusted aide is actually a Soviet agent?

Today's high tech world looks ripe for that kind of thing. Russia wouldn't necessarily need to control political leaders, they could create the same effect by controlling voters. If someone is afraid of losing their election they can be swayed to taking positions that favor the controllers of the vote. The advantage of this approach is since the target is unaware of what's really going on, they can't do anything about it. And even if word gets out what's really going on, the people who've fallen for it will automatically get defensive and call it a hoax or conspiracy theory.
 
2020-09-25 4:17:26 PM  
Such announced they will make any changes after the election IF there is electoral chaos.

Thanks Zuck, so helpful. Profits before country, that's what FB board member Peter Thiel taught you right?
 
2020-09-25 4:17:27 PM  
It's always the same pattern, too.

"Trump restricted travel from China AND GOT CALLED A RACIST."
 
2020-09-25 4:18:06 PM  

MattytheMouse: Man, I'll never forgive my parents for not allowing me to play Runescape because of how dangerous the internet is, only for them to turn around and be like "I heard Hillary Clinton invented Covid as a form of airborne AIDS to steal the 2020 election. FreedomEagle.Facebook told me!"


Just substitute Facebook for Fox.
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2020-09-25 4:18:25 PM  

NM Volunteer: MattytheMouse: NM Volunteer: MattytheMouse: Man, I'll never forgive my parents for not allowing me to play Runescape because of how dangerous the internet is, only for them to turn around and be like "I heard Hillary Clinton invented Covid as a form of airborne AIDS to steal the 2020 election. FreedomEagle.Facebook told me!"

Or even off-line games too.  My mother was pissed that I installed Red Alert 2 on the children computer (sister and I had an XP computer in the kids room along with the ancient Tandy, mother had a 95 and a 98 and a really old laptop in her genealogy office), that she told me to uninstall the game and then throw it out.  I tossed the empty box but kept the discs.  Damn do I still enjoy that game, and I am at the breaking point with my mother.

To add insult to injury, my mom got abducted by a pedophile from AOL messenger last month. Like, WTF, mom?

I'm not sure which is more shocking, that someone could be kidnapped like that or that people are still using AOL.


Okay, jokes aside, LGR did a video on classic AOL before they shuddered it, and in the middle of it, he got hit up by somebody on messenger for sex RP.
LGR - Classic AOL on Modern Windows
Youtube nA1tLxfdif4
 
2020-09-25 4:22:09 PM  
I was going to go with "debunked 1976 RNC talking points."
 
2020-09-25 4:23:32 PM  

hugram: The day someone manages to put a few bullets in Putin's head, he/she will be treated as a hero by the whole world... except for the Russian citizens that actually like and believe in him, and 62,984,828 American citizens.


If there is any justice in the world, he will be defenestrated into a dumpster full of bullets, survive the ordeal and receive intravenous polonium in the hospital, where the doctors will find no trace of poison in his system, and after an excruciating slow death, the doctors will keep his death a secret for 48 hours after being bribed by Alexei Navalny, so he can consolidate power, round up all of Putin's cronies, throw them in the basement of the dreaded Lubyanka with jumper cables on their balls until they tell him where all the money is hidden, then tell them they are free to go and let them walk out the door, only to shoot them in the back in front of their wives and children.


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2020-09-25 4:25:44 PM  
My racist boomer aunt (in California no less) got all hers from Fox News and Breitbart.
 
2020-09-25 4:27:06 PM  
Wow it is so easy to manipulate people. Maybe I should start a network of trolls and deception. seems very lucrative.
 
2020-09-25 4:29:13 PM  

ImmutableTenderloin: Wow it is so easy to manipulate people. Maybe I should start a network of trolls and deception. seems very lucrative.


There's lots of insecure people out there looking for purpose and validation. Hey g I didn't have a conscious, I'd have started a cult by now.
 
2020-09-25 4:30:22 PM  
I still wonder what they're paying, because we've got people here in the States who are just giving it away. Maybe if we tell them they could charge they'd tone it down until they get a paycheck they're demanding.
 
2020-09-25 4:31:33 PM  

Burn_The_Plows: Most likely the same place my racist, idiot, Millennial neighbors get it from - Facebook.


Yeah, I was just about to call out the ageism in the headline.

It was only until relatively recently that it occurred to me that there's a sizable group of people who only get their "news" from social media these days. Which means they are curating sources that cater to their biases, and likely don't even click past the headline to absorb the stories from the shaky-ass sources. There's no getting through to people who have gone through that level of brainwashing.
 
2020-09-25 4:33:02 PM  
There appears to be no shortage of useful idiots for Russia to take advantage of.
 
2020-09-25 4:33:07 PM  

ImmutableTenderloin: Wow it is so easy to manipulate people. Maybe I should start a network of trolls and deception. seems very lucrative.


Apparently Americans are amongst the easiest rubes in the world to fool with a few memes and Facebook ads.
 
2020-09-25 4:39:50 PM  
My old wingnut relatives get their derp the "old fashion" way, talk radio.
 
2020-09-25 4:41:16 PM  

Smelly Pirate Hooker: All my uncles are dead. Oh, wait, one is still alive. Not sure where he stands politically, but he's white and in his 60s, so probably Republican.

Anyway, no, I don't wonder where any of those idiots get their stupid shiat from. I don't care. All I know is it's stupid. It either came from the internet or Fox "News."

There. Saved everyone a click.


I have an uncle in his sixties or seventies. White, relatively well off (retired lawyer turned judge), retired, recently moved to Florida.

Also liberal and Democrat.
 
2020-09-25 4:43:04 PM  
Russia amplifies this shiat, but it doesn't usually originate with them.
We've had this kind of problem for a long time, it's just that now it spreads around the world with the click of a button or python script in far less time than it takes an investigative journalist to put on his or her Nikes.
 
2020-09-25 4:43:15 PM  
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spotthetroll.org

Actually an interesting study, and not entirely as obvious as you might think.

One take away is that not all foreign-backed disinformation campaigns exclusively target right-wing Trump fans... Just the most overwhelmingly successful ones.
 
2020-09-25 4:44:52 PM  

NM Volunteer: MattytheMouse: Man, I'll never forgive my parents for not allowing me to play Runescape because of how dangerous the internet is, only for them to turn around and be like "I heard Hillary Clinton invented Covid as a form of airborne AIDS to steal the 2020 election. FreedomEagle.Facebook told me!"

Or even off-line games too.  My mother was pissed that I installed Red Alert 2 on the children computer (sister and I had an XP computer in the kids room along with the ancient Tandy, mother had a 95 and a 98 and a really old laptop in her genealogy office), that she told me to uninstall the game and then throw it out.  I tossed the empty box but kept the discs.  Damn do I still enjoy that game, and I am at the breaking point with my mother.


My parents are Trump hating liberals.

I was allowed to play DOOM. And Wolfenstein 3D, because I am that old.
 
2020-09-25 4:48:43 PM  

MattytheMouse: ImmutableTenderloin: Wow it is so easy to manipulate people. Maybe I should start a network of trolls and deception. seems very lucrative.

There's lots of insecure people out there looking for purpose and validation. Hey g I didn't have a conscious, I'd have started a cult by now.


Hey! I am insecure and without purpose!
 
2020-09-25 4:49:30 PM  

MLWS: There appears to be no shortage of useful idiots for Russia to take advantage of.


Fortunately, I am a completely useless idiot.
 
2020-09-25 4:50:04 PM  

ImmutableTenderloin: Wow it is so easy to manipulate people. Maybe I should start a network of trolls and deception. seems very lucrative.


that's not a thought a normal person would have.
 
2020-09-25 4:53:33 PM  
 Why is it always the crazy uncle? What about your crazy-ass father? The lunacy isn't just limited to Thanksgiving dinner. shiat's year-round, yo.

On most days I can't believe I come from his loin. Your Smokey and the Bandit pics are welcome, lol.

Thing is, he's a very smart man in just about everything but politics. I strongly believe that FOX News running all day and night is what snared him into hysteria. As far as I know he doesn't do Facebook.
 
2020-09-25 4:54:49 PM  
"...involved in meddling in the 2016 election."

Good to see Zuck got right on that.
 
2020-09-25 4:55:28 PM  
Were gonna dispatch and agent to take care of the Russian Troll Farms.

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2020-09-25 4:55:42 PM  

Dimensio: NM Volunteer: MattytheMouse: Man, I'll never forgive my parents for not allowing me to play Runescape because of how dangerous the internet is, only for them to turn around and be like "I heard Hillary Clinton invented Covid as a form of airborne AIDS to steal the 2020 election. FreedomEagle.Facebook told me!"

Or even off-line games too.  My mother was pissed that I installed Red Alert 2 on the children computer (sister and I had an XP computer in the kids room along with the ancient Tandy, mother had a 95 and a 98 and a really old laptop in her genealogy office), that she told me to uninstall the game and then throw it out.  I tossed the empty box but kept the discs.  Damn do I still enjoy that game, and I am at the breaking point with my mother.

My parents are Trump hating liberals.

I was allowed to play DOOM. And Wolfenstein 3D, because I am that old.


Get off my lawn.

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2020-09-25 4:56:24 PM  
Mango Mussolini called Putin, Vald said "I didn't do it " I  believe him
 
2020-09-25 4:57:17 PM  

Fart_Machine: Dimensio: NM Volunteer: MattytheMouse: Man, I'll never forgive my parents for not allowing me to play Runescape because of how dangerous the internet is, only for them to turn around and be like "I heard Hillary Clinton invented Covid as a form of airborne AIDS to steal the 2020 election. FreedomEagle.Facebook told me!"

Or even off-line games too.  My mother was pissed that I installed Red Alert 2 on the children computer (sister and I had an XP computer in the kids room along with the ancient Tandy, mother had a 95 and a 98 and a really old laptop in her genealogy office), that she told me to uninstall the game and then throw it out.  I tossed the empty box but kept the discs.  Damn do I still enjoy that game, and I am at the breaking point with my mother.

My parents are Trump hating liberals.

I was allowed to play DOOM. And Wolfenstein 3D, because I am that old.

Get off my lawn.

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To better show my age: I played King's Quest when it was new.
 
2020-09-25 5:00:56 PM  

Hickory-smoked: [Fark user image 425x223]

spotthetroll.org

Actually an interesting study, and not entirely as obvious as you might think.

One take away is that not all foreign-backed disinformation campaigns exclusively target right-wing Trump fans... Just the most overwhelmingly successful ones.



I got 7/8, not to spoil it for anyone, but there was the one being troll-enough generic to seem fake but turned out to be a real human spouting garbage logic.
 
2020-09-25 5:08:51 PM  

Dimensio: Fart_Machine: Dimensio: NM Volunteer: MattytheMouse: Man, I'll never forgive my parents for not allowing me to play Runescape because of how dangerous the internet is, only for them to turn around and be like "I heard Hillary Clinton invented Covid as a form of airborne AIDS to steal the 2020 election. FreedomEagle.Facebook told me!"

Or even off-line games too.  My mother was pissed that I installed Red Alert 2 on the children computer (sister and I had an XP computer in the kids room along with the ancient Tandy, mother had a 95 and a 98 and a really old laptop in her genealogy office), that she told me to uninstall the game and then throw it out.  I tossed the empty box but kept the discs.  Damn do I still enjoy that game, and I am at the breaking point with my mother.

My parents are Trump hating liberals.

I was allowed to play DOOM. And Wolfenstein 3D, because I am that old.

Get off my lawn.

[lh3.googleusercontent.com image 255x148]

To better show my age: I played King's Quest when it was new.


CGA was da bomb!
 
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