Iranians respond to MEK troll farm: #YouAreBots
According to the Al Jazeera report, the exiled Iranian opposition group Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (MEK) has set up a center at its headquarters in Albania, where 1,000-1,500 “online soldiers” are instructed to promote hashtags in support of overthrowing the Islamic Republic. Two former MEK members told Al Jazeera that they would receive specific daily orders on what to highlight regarding Iran and also which specific Iran analysts to attack on social media, often sharing the White House’s critical messages against Iran and amplifying their tweets via bots.
In response to the report, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted to Twitter co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey, “Hello @Jack. Twitter has shuttered accounts of real Iranians, incl TV presenters & students, for supposedly being part of an ‘influence op’. How about looking at actual bots in Tirana used to prop up ‘regime change’ propaganda spewed out of DC? #YouAreBots”
Other social media users also brought up one irony of the Twitter battle: that the microblogging platform, with which the foreign minister, the president and the supreme leader all have either verified accounts or unofficial accounts that are run through their offices, is still officially blocked in Iran.
via Al Monitor Iranians respond to MEK troll farm: #YouAreBots
Bots and troll farms are becoming a global problem. How the social media respond is the difficulty. How does one recognize the difference between a freedom fighter, a dissenter, or a protester, compared to a foreign financed troll farm participant?
Who gets banned or censored first and then second? The legitimate protesters, or the trolls? Once the banning starts, the temptation is to ban everyone who does not fit the top down, 1 percent controlled ‘programming’.
And that in a nut shell is the problem..