Military's 'sock puppet' software creates fake online identities to spread pro-American propaganda
* Nick Fielding and Ian Cobain
* guardian.co.uk, Thursday 17 March 2011 13.19 GMT
* Article history
The US military is developing software that will let it secretly manipulate social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter by using fake online personas to influence internet conversations and spread pro-American propaganda.
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 a
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