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OXFORD UNIVERSITY : Study finds 70 countries use disinformation on social media against foes.

Philip N Howard, director of Oxford Internet Institute and one of the authors of the report, said :

That such online disinformation can no longer be understood to be the work of ''lone hackers, or individual activists, or teenagers in the basement doing things for clickbait.''

'Cybertroops' for sure, are skewing global reality.

IN VIETNAM - CITIZENS WERE ENLISTED to post pro-government messages on their personal Facebook pages.

The Guatemalan government used hacked and stolen social media accounts to silence dissenting opinions. Ethiopia's ruling party hired people to influence social media conversations in its favor.

Despite increased efforts by Internet platforms like Facebook to combat Internet disinformation, the use of the techniques by governments around the world is growing according to a report released last Thursday by researchers at Oxford University.

Governments are spreading disinformation to discredit political opponents, bury opposing views and interfere in foreign affairs.

The researchers compiled information from news organizations, civil society groups and governments to create one of the most comprehensive inventories of disinformation practices by governments around the world.

They found that the number of countries with political disinformation campaigns more than doubled, to 70, in the lat two years, with evidence of at least one political party or government entity in each of these countries engaging in social media manipulation.

Facebook remains the No-1 social network for disinformation, the report said. Organized propaganda campaigns were found on platforms in 56 countries.

''Social media technology tends to empower propaganda and disinformation in really new ways,'' said Samantha Bradshaw, a researcher at the Oxford Internet Institute, a department at Oxford University and co-author of the study.

The institute previously worked with the United States Senate Intelligence Committee to investigate Russian interference around the 2016 campaign.

The report highlights the continue challenge for Facebook, Twitter and YouTube as they try to combat disinformation, particularly when the perpetrators are governments. The companies have announced internal changes to reduce social media manipulation and foreign interference.

But the research shows that the use of the tactics, which include bots, fake social media accounts and hired ''trolls'' is growing. In the past two months, the platforms have suspended accounts linked to governments in China and Saudi Arabia.

Ben Nimmo, director of investigation at Graphika, a company that specializes in analyzing social media, said the growing use of Internet disinformation is a concern for 2020 United States election.

Domestic and foreign groups, operating autonomously or with loose ties to a government, are building on the methods used by Russia in the last presidential election, making it difficult for the platform to police he said.

''The danger is the proliferation'' of the techniques, he said. ''Anybody who wants to influence the 2020 election may be tempted to copy what the Russian operation did in 2016.''

The Honor and Serving of the Latest Global Operational Research on Cyber. troops and the skewing of global reality. The World Students Society thanks research authors Davey Alba and Adam Satariano.

With respectful dedication to the Leaders, Cyberwarriors, Hackers, Cybertroops, Students, Professors and Teachers of the world.

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