Government Trolls Are Using ”Psychology-Based Influence Techniques” in Social Media


By Michael Snyder

Have you ever come across someone on the Internet that you suspected was a paid government troll?  Well, there is a very good chance that you were not imagining things.

Thanks to Edward Snowden, we now have solid proof that paid government trolls are using “psychology-based influence techniques” on social media websites such as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.  Documents leaked by Snowden also reveal that government agents have been conducting denial-of-service attacks, flooding social media websites with thinly veiled propaganda and have been purposely attempting to warp public discourse online.  If we do not stand up and object to this kind of Orwellian behavior, it is only going to get worse and worse.

In the UK, the Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group (JTRIG) is a specialized unit within the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ).  If it wasn’t for Edward Snowden, we probably still would never have heard of them.  This particular specialized unit is engaged in some very “questionable” online activities.  The following is an excerpt from a recent piece by Glenn Greenwald and Andrew Fishman

Though its existence was secret until last year, JTRIG quickly developed a distinctive profile in the public understanding, after documents from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed that the unit had engaged in “dirty tricks” like deploying sexual “honey traps” designed to discredit targets, launching denial-of-service attacks to shut down Internet chat rooms, pushing veiled propaganda onto social networks and generally warping discourse online.

We are told that JTRIG only uses these techniques to go after the “bad guys”.

But precisely who are the “bad guys”?

It turns out that their definition of who the “bad guys” are is quite broad.  Here is more from Glenn Greenwald and Andrew Fishman

JTRIG’s domestic and law enforcement operations are made clear. The report states that the controversial unit “currently collaborates with other agencies” including the Metropolitan police, Security Service (MI5), Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), Border Agency, Revenue and Customs (HMRC), and National Public Order and Intelligence Unit (NPOIU). The document highlights that key JTRIG objectives include “providing intelligence for judicial outcomes”; monitoring “domestic extremist groups such as the English Defence League by conducting online HUMINT”; “denying, deterring or dissuading” criminals and “hacktivists”; and “deterring, disrupting or degrading online consumerism of stolen data or child porn.”

Particularly disturbing to me is the phrase “domestic extremist groups”.  What does someone have to say or do to be considered an “extremist”?  For example, the English Defence League is a non-violent street protest movement in the UK that is strongly against the spread of radical Islam and sharia law in the UK.  So if they are “extremists”, how many millions upon millions of ordinary citizens in the United States would fit that definition?

When conducting operations against “extremists”, psychology-based influence techniques are among the tools that JTRIG uses to combat them online.  The following comes from one of the documents that was posted by Greenwald and Fishman…

Psychology-Based Influence Techniques

In other words, these government trolls try to mess with people’s minds.

And here is another document that was posted by Greenwald and Fishman that talks about how JTRIG uses YouTube, Facebook and Twitter to accomplish their goals…

Government Trolls

It is very disturbing to think that some of the people that we may be interacting with on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter are actually paid government agents that are purposely trying to feed us propaganda and misinformation.

And of course this kind of thing does not just happen in the United Kingdom.  In Canada, it has been publicly admitted that the government uses paid trolls to warp Internet discourse.  The following comes from Natural News

You’ve probably run into them before — those seemingly random antagonizers who always end up diverting the conversation in an online chat room or article comment section away from the issue at hand, and towards a much different agenda. Hot-button issues like illegal immigration, the two-party political system, the “war on terror” and even alternative medicine are among the most common targets of such attackers, known as internet “trolls” or “shills,” who in many cases are nothing more than paid lackeys hired by the federal government and other international organizations to sway and ultimately control public opinion.

Several years ago, Canada’s CTV News aired a short segment about how its own government had been exposed for hiring secret agents to monitor social media and track online conversations, as well as the activities of certain dissenting individuals. This report, which in obvious whitewashing language referred to such activities as the government simply “weighing in and correcting” allegedly false information posted online, basically admitted that the Canadian government had assumed the role of secret online police.

You can actually watch a video news report about what is happening up in Canada right here.

Needless to say, the U.S. government is also engaged in this kind of activity as well.  For instance, the U.S. government has actually been caught manipulating discourse on Reddit and editing Wikipedia.  When it comes to spying, there is nobody that is off limits for our spooks.  It just came out recently that we even spied on three French presidents, and they are supposed to be our “friends”.

And just like the UK, the U.S. government has a very broad definition of “extremists”.  This has especially been true since Barack Obama has been in the White House.  If you doubt this, please see my previous article entitled “72 Types Of Americans That Are Considered ‘Potential Terrorists’ In Official Government Documents“.

All of this is very disturbing to me.  Why can’t they just leave us alone and let us talk to one another?  Why do they have to spy on everything that we do and purposely try to manipulate public discourse?  Why do they have to be such control freaks?

What do you think?  Please feel free to join the discussion by posting a comment below…

This article first appeared here at the Economic Collapse Blog.  Michael Snyder is a writer, speaker and activist who writes and edits his own blogs The American Dream and Economic Collapse Blog. Follow him on Twitter here.

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9 Responses to “Government Trolls Are Using ”Psychology-Based Influence Techniques” in Social Media”

  1. Men Scryfa says:

    Talking about Government Trolls this posting comes just after one from the Needleblog…

    • Adam Spiritualwarrior Exposing the Secret Space Program says:

      To end this train of thought Men Scryfa – maybe in relation to my last real solutions comment – maybe another element of this P2P ground level networking might be

      Maybe the common man, good men, no bloodline links, not White hats.
      Maybe just good common men really have infiltrated and taken over the Solar Warden part of the SSP and created a good faction.

      Maybe theyre not ‘saviours’, but maybe just allies just like people here on earth link up to. Maybe this is what going on. No Aliens

      But of course a complex extradimensional situation and battle and Spiritual War as well

      This is my most realistic balanced but hopeful conclusion I can come to about what lies ahead

    • Macmillan cancer advert on TV, ‘cake tastes better together’, can FUCK OFF

      So can dementia charities, all community pulling together, ‘friends together’, fighting dementia

      In the street, collecting donations, UK cancer foundation. Again a Truman show, again, drones collecting money, don’t bother trying to have a conversation with them. Indoctrinated to the point I could smash something

      Heres a question worth asking and considering, trying to find an answer to:
      Frequency machines like Rife machines, are different, not the same as Radionics machines. Radionics/Psi is a different technology it seems, in healing.

      I don’t know much about it all yet.
      I do know, that some frequency Rife machines, are excellent diagnostic machnes. In minutes, they can scan the body for thousands upon thousands of diseases/frequencies.

      There is a lot that can be done. A lot of on the ball, preventative action that can be taken, years in advance.
      What severely irritates me is not just the official roadblocks put up. Its the official mental roadblocks put up in the minds of people everywhere
      And how people often become so arrogant when trying to show them anything , a new way of exploring , their own health, and I don’t know all the answers, not by a long shot. But I have an open enquiring mind and willingness to strike out.
      ‘cake tastes better together’ really fucking irritates me, its like a feelgood type of learned helplessness putting total faity in the medical establishment, I reject it totally and will fight it.
      The battles in the patients minds BTW, that’s the battleground
      Damn good brainwashing job cabal have done

    • I have had a minor crisis lately tolerating my job and the people I work with. This crisis is over and im ok now
      But I am not staying in the job im in the rest of my life, I can tell you that MS
      And I don’t for a moment have cabal delusions about career ladder and fancy jobs, that’s never been me.
      I know what I must do, its several things. My dad knows whats in my mind too and despite ups and downs hes going to help me too, even though this isn’t openly acknowledged
      Its all a balance isn’t it
      being grateful for getting the currntnjob, current situation, acknowledging HUGE dissatisfaction while still, seeing the good and remaining grateful seeing it as sustaining one and being a stepping stone
      if colleague problems happen then of course, this can tip the balance equilibrium one creares
      I can say this
      There is no chance I will remain in what im doing. I have many thoughts, ideas, potential that’s been brewing for many years and I dare say spiritual forces have been at workmcreating family tensions that’s caused me to build up even more family resentment and personal deficiency,
      and ive received spiritual lessons too that have been well learned
      I don’t give a shit about gold watches or status or other things
      I do have certain wrongs to right
      But beyond that ive got a checklist to do good on a very selfless level
      This message wont make much sense but it is therapeutic to write and believe me there is much energy behind it
      Thursday I return to my job as normal, operation doesn’t skip a beat…

    • Silica is very good for lung alveoili structure elasticity so I read. Loads and loads of cooked vegetables can provide it I read, but yes, this is tedious
      A very HQ good source , gets straight into the tissues is orthosilicilic acid, Biosil brand name
      Quitepricey but on amazon you might get it reasonable price. Biosils the best
      of course, all other vitamins and minerals too are important, cooked vegetables too. But silica biosil and lung elasticity go together.
      Vitamin E complex tocopherols are good too, im sure good communicate well with dna , to repair microwave weapin damage, Life Extension do a good tocopherol complex. Ener|G rice bran if you can find it is also a nutritious source of toctotrienols.tocopherols, and a few other minerals, maybe sprinkled into slippery elm gruel

  2. Men Scryfa says:

    We should not forget to mention the recently formed Army 77th Brigade:

    There is now no demarcation between the Army and the State. The State is the Army and the Army is the State.

    You The People are the Enemy


    • Adam Spiritualwarrior Exposing the Secret Space Program says:

      Maybe there are no white hat powerful resistance forces after all. Maybe all weve got is our belief in God and peer to peer networking


      ”So if you want to see good guys / good gals, stop looking up to the Clown Posse / White Hats / White Knights and start looking sideways at each other. The key to our salvation lies in disconnecting from the self-serving strangers-on-high and reconnecting with our neighbors (or finding new neighbors we want to connect with).

      “Ken, do you see any hope for humanity?”

      Of course I do! If I didn’t, I wouldn’t spend my time and energy writing these articles; I’d just do the things I like to do until the end. But my hope comes from a different place than listening to Poof/Zap, Fulford, the OPPT, etc. And that being said, I will share the things that give me hope for our future… <<>> The concept of a big metaphysical event that comes along to save the day (in effect, a “savior event” rather than a savior being) has been greatly discredited in my mind, and it continues to fade in my thinking. And looking back at who was pushing the Ascension narrative over the past few decades, I find it was all the wrong people… <<<

      Can you think of anyone who might benefit from teaching people to “relax and wait for Ascension; it’ll come before the New World Order imprisons you”? Since such a mantra turns aware people who could offer resistance to the NWO into passive observers, the NWO-builders benefit from it, do they not? Using the propaganda principle of “no matter how big the lie, repeat it often enough and the masses will regard it as truth,” the New Age Mind-F*cking Division of the Establishment has been endlessly repeating the Ascension lie for decades. And many people seeking hope have embraced it. Unfortunately, fairy tales and false hope are easy to sell; personal responsibility and the need to take action aren’t as naturally appealing.

      Let me put it plainly: there are no leaders, organizations, aliens, or metaphysical events coming to save you (although the “elite” will present you with counterfeits of these things to lure you into the NWO). If you want to be saved, you must stand on your own two feet and do it yourself.

      The alternative to looking for salvation outside yourself is simple: talk to your neighbors and join together in a peer-to-peer framework to exercise power on things you can agree on, then painstakingly work to expand the scope of your cooperation. If you don’t build your own structure to exercise political power, you will submit to the “elite’s” power structure by default.''

  3. ian says:

    This internet must really piss them off. The time energy and money they spend on trying to discredit everyone. They buy up sites like Ogrish and replace them by live leak. Which overnight went from showing videos of US atrocities carried out in Iraq, to video of soldiers giving kids water and sweets. It’s ongoing on many levels, though a few folk of like minds, blethering about what’s really going on, shouldn’t be much of a problem for them. ian

  4. Lynn says:

    Thats why the pub trade is dying…they want us home so they can hear and see what we are saying. We have drones now overhead sitting over us and mimicking satelites. They truly are terrified of an uprising and a mass awakening. Our money has bought all of this to enslave us.

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