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YouTube Will Warn Users When They’re Watching State-Sponsored Propaganda

Confirming an unusual screenshot which circulated last week, YouTube has officially announced its intentions to mark content from certain news agencies as “funded in whole or in part” by whatever state happens to be their patron. In short, the platform is calling out propaganda. Read More >>

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These US WW1 Propaganda Posters Are Gorgeous—and Seriously Messed Up

America’s involvement in the First World War was brief, but intense. For a period of 20 months, the government did its best to stir patriotic fervour, in part through the use of eye-catching propaganda posters. A new exhibit at Bruce Museum is showcasing a selection of these works, many of which are seriously lacking in nuance. Read More >>

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Facebook Shruggingly Admits It’s a Tool for Propagandists

Back in January, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he was “quite proud of the impact that we were able to have on civic discourse,” doubling down on his stance that the rise of misinformation, spread of outright propaganda, and rapid erosion of trust in the fourth estate were anyone’s problems but his. A whitepaper from the world’s largest social media platform—where an estimated 66 per cent of the site’s American users get their news—casually mentions that Facebook is also fertile soil for “subtle and insidious forms of misuse, including attempts to manipulate civic discourse and deceive people.” Read More >>

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This Feature-Length Film About Iran Destroying the US Military Freaks Me Out

My appetite for goofy propaganda is nearly endless. Old Soviet videos about capitalist sharks? Hilarious! Anti-communist cartoons from the 40s? Silly stuff! But the new movie about to hit cinemas in Iran hits a little too close for comfort. Read More >>

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Trump Will Get His Own Taxpayer-Funded Media Empire Thanks to a New Law

Some people speculated that if Trump lost the US election he might start his own TV network. Well, Trump won, but it looks like he’s going to get his own media empire anyway. The only question left is who Trump will pick to run it. Read More >>

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Popular YouTuber Creates Propaganda Music Video for North Korea

I’ve seen a lot of disgusting things in my years on the internet, but this video takes the cake. Read More >>

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New Report Highlights The Kinds of Programs IS Uses To Remain Anonymous Online

There’s a big push among Islamic State members to enhance technical knowledge, specifically of software that could be used to counteract surveillance. According to a new report released Friday, discussion among jihadist forums proliferates the circulation of manuals and tutorials on how to use VPNs, proxy services, and other tools, and keeps up to date on the latest in software. Read More >>

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We Finally Know What China’s Propaganda Army Does Online

China is notorious for employing an estimated 2 million government propagandists online. But new research on their tactics reveals a surprising strategy: China’s online army isn’t trying to argue with anyone who opposes the government. It’s just changing the subject. Read More >>

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North Korea Says It’s Manufacturing Smartphones with “High Pixels”

North Korea is known for a lot of things: propaganda, prison camps, starving citizens. Manufacturing high-end electronics is not one of them. But who says a scrappy little country Dennis Rodman-loving totalitarian dictator can't dream? Read More >>

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Everybody Should Follow These Rules for Using Their Phone

Because everyone has the freaking internet on their phone these days, we've forgotten common decency in how to use them. There is such thing as phone etiquette! And we should all follow such rules. Cartoonist Ted Slampyak created propaganda-style posters that details a few rules on how to use a phone in public. Read More >>

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This Is the Animal Actually Found By North Korean Archeologist—No, It’s Not a Unicorn

The world got it all wrong, so you can all stop laughing now. The North Korean archeologists didn't find a magic unicorn lair belonging to an ancient king in Pyongyang. Don't be stupid! No, they actually found lair of the animal you are seeing above. Read More >>

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Hackers Break Into Reuters Not Once, But Twice

News giant Reuters has recently been hacked by online attackers, in not just one area, but across two different platforms, and used to spread propaganda messages that support the Syrian regime. Uh oh. Read More >>

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These Nazi Propaganda Leaflets Dropped on Allied Soldiers Are Both Nauseating and Fascinating

Here's yet one more proof that Nazis—especially Goebbels—were not only disgusting bloody bastards but also cunning manipulators. Or perhaps stupid manipulators. Look at these propaganda leaflets that tried to convince American and British forces to desert by appealing to their most basic instincts. Read More >>