OK

Yes you too can join the ranks of the military, Transgender persons need not apply, and become a propaganda sock puppet.

Now we get to guess if that pro war individual you are debating about the latest hot spot is actually following orders to control the narrative. Because our country has decided manipulating public opinion with paid sock puppets is the best way to convince people we are number one. Or something.

Of course they will manipulate the blog rules and pile on with their associated sock puppets making it appear there is a broad contingent of supporters for whatever narrative they want to secretly foist on the public. And with the repeated use of instigators I'm sure there will be those with weak or incomplete moral compasses encouraged to enact violence as to stoke the flames of hate and dissent to a white hot glow.

A Californian corporation has been awarded a contract with United States Central Command (Centcom), which oversees US armed operations in the Middle East and Central Asia, to develop what is described as an "online persona management service" that will allow one US serviceman or woman to control up to 10 separate identities based all over the world.

The project has been likened by web experts to China's attempts to control and restrict free speech on the internet. Critics are likely to complain that it will allow the US military to create a false consensus in online conversations, crowd out unwelcome opinions and smother commentaries or reports that do not correspond with its own objectives.

The discovery that the US military is developing false online personalities – known to users of social media as "sock puppets" – could also encourage other governments, private companies and non-government organisations to do the same.

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