The high point of Barack Obama’s Countering Violent Extremism (aka PC counterterrorism) came when his advisers decided that the best way to beat ISIS was to argue with it on Twitter. The campaign was a pathetic, miserable disaster.
But it’s not like Barry and the gang really wanted to win. The tech being deployed though would come in useful for Dems.
The group, Defeat Disinfo, will use artificial intelligence and network analysis to map discussion of the president’s claims on social media. It will seek to intervene by identifying the most popular counter-narratives and boosting them through a network of more than 3.4 million influencers across the country – in some cases paying users with large followings to take sides against the president.
The initiative is run by Curtis Hougland, whose received initial funding for the technology from DARPA, the Pentagon’s research arm, as part of an effort to combat extremism overseas. He insists Democrats are ill-prepared for the looming battle over information and attention, which is bound to play an outsize role in November.
The key point here is DARPA. Taxpayers paid for tech being used by a Democrat consultant to go after Republicans.
Hougland founded a bunch of companies, including Attention Global and REG-SM, Currently he’s running Main Street One. He claims that, “Progressive society is losing the information war online. The right propagates 8x the volume of digital content, and these narratives are 5x more likely to trend and 70% more coordinated. Republicans weaponize the Internet to advance extreme views.” He boasts that, “Our technology was developed originally on behalf of DARPA to reduce the impact of extreme ideologies online.”
Out of the worthless scam that was CVE, a toxic effort to manipulate social media for the Left arises. That was always inevitable.