Hasbara Troll Thread
rebel1916: What I find extremely irksome about this forum is the level of hasbara trolls running rampant here. And also their stupidity.
rebel1916: Inside Israel’s million dollar troll army
A global influence campaign funded by the Israeli government had a $1.1 million budget last year, a document obtained by The Electronic Intifada shows.
Act.IL says it has offices in three countries and an online army of more than 15,000.
In its annual report, from January, Act.IL says its goal is to “influence foreign publics” and “battle” BDS – the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement for Palestinian rights.
Through its app, Act.IL issues “missions” to this troll army in exchange for “cool prizes” and scholarships.
The app directs comments towards news websites in support of Israeli wars and racism, while attacking Palestinians and solidarity campaigners.
The leaked report claims Act.IL’s app completes 1,580 such missions every week.
Act.IL’s report was obtained by The Electronic Intifada thanks to researcher Michael Bueckert.
Bueckert monitors the app, and posts screenshots of its missions to the Twitter account Behind Israel’s Troll Army.
Read the rest here - https://electronicintifada.net/content/inside-israels-million-dollar-troll-army/27566
Seriously can't believe this app has been allowed to run on Google play store.
rebel1916: ‘Common Dreams’ website traps Hasbara troll spewing anti-Semitism
A Jewish student posting virulently anti-Semitic comments at various internet forums, allegedly “to gauge how pervasive anti-Semitism” is online, has been busted by the progressive website Common Dreams (CD).
Investigative journalist Lance Tapley leaves few stones unturned in his report “The Double Identity of an ‘Anti-Semitic’ Commenter” except the identity of the culprit. “Let’s call the student Jason Beck”, Tapley says, protecting the perpetrator.
Beck, a Harvard graduate now a grad student at a midwestern university, created literally dozens of online personas to support his true objective: poisoning online discourse critical of Israel. So if evidence of anti-Semitism wasn’t there, he’d create it himself.
His posting on Common Dreams illustrates the susceptibility of website comment threads to massive manipulation.
And what was the goal of this pollution? Common Dreams says the hate speech undermined fundraising efforts, and was intended to do so.
The website’s executive director, Craig Brown, was personally appalled at the anti-Semitic comments–and had a financial motivation to block these commenters. One generous funder had told him, he said, referring to the stream of anti-Semitism, “I gave you five thousand dollars last year, but I’m not doing it again.”
“We’ve had hundreds of donors say similar things,” Brown added. “People are right to be offended by the anti-Semitism, and it has a serious impact on our reputation and our fundraising.” But when Common Dreams tried to block [Beck handles] DeShawn, HamBaconEggs, et al, they kept coming back.
Here’s how Beck jumpstarted the comment thread at the base of Max Blumenthal’s The Desert of Israeli Democracy on CD:
Just imagine how many millions of people would have been saved from the scourge of Judeo-imperialist wars and Jewish financial predations had Hitler actually finished the job.
After years and years of spewing classic vile Jew-hatred all over the internet fate caught up with him because he was using the university’s computers.
Interviewed by Common Dreams, the man, in his thirties, conceded he has a “psychological obsession” with trolling. A “tic”. So he came up with multiple personas, including a “JewishProgressive” who trails his other personas expressing his disgust at the viciousness he’s just penned, and then launches into a diatribe on the pervasiveness of anti-Semitism online. These lectures dominated, poisoned and diverted online discussions.
rebel1916: Troll techniques
Turn up randomly asking question about Israel, trying to engage/educate.
Guilt by association, they point to some source your are linked to as being anti-semitic or neo-nazi.
Opportunity to redeem – the offer chance to recant from your naive ways.
Smears and insults – if the top 3 fail then it’s just character assassination.
Name bombing – using seo in blackhat ways to denounce and smear people. ie website with 37 mentions of someones name will prob get a Page one on Google.
Hasbara trolls generally follow the rules of social networks, because they want to continue to influence people and subvert open and free debate.
rebel1916: Hasbara Troll attributes
Supreme point of view
The Hasbara troll knows best
Condescending & Patronising
Socialist (Smart and ‘caring’)
Do not have to be Jewish but Pro-Israel
Like to ask the questions, not answer questions
Inflamed by anyone being critical of Israel
Classic insults: Anti-semite, Neo- Nazi, White Supremacist, Holocaust denier
Adept with social networks well trained on IT
rebel1916: Definitely Angry Beaver. It was a lot worse years ago than it is now. It seems that someones little army of hasbara trolls has diminished in to nothing other than himself and a legit crayon eater lol
Angry Beaver: This is what you refer to I believe?
Fractured fairy tale: Every ones Entitled to the Same "Rights" or Should be . Its never to late to Learn .
For Example the Aborigines are Entitled to more "Rights" here . Don't fix everything but playing the Blame Game . Goes Nowhere
Fractured fairy tale: I've Never Seen Such a Back To Front Situation. Taking other People's Land was Supposed to Have Been Outlawed after WW2 . Yet There Anezed parts of Syria and Palestine.
And The World Says Nothing. Yet these Same People Lecture Everyone
rebel1916: Hasbara Troll describes a faceless anonymous online social media nuisance who repeats Israeli propaganda (hasbara is Hebrew for 'explanation' and is translated as 'propaganda' or 'public rerlations' and attacks any public figure critical of Israeli human rights violations against Palestinians.
The result is often moronic. PEP contributor Proxima Centauri on the page titled Israel v genocide on the Liberapedia wiki who asserts that Arabs have always intended committing genocide against Jews.
According to Ali Abunimah, the Israeli National Union of Israeli Students (NUIS) has launched a program paying Israeli university students $2,000 to spread hasbara online for five hours per week from the “comfort of home.” American tax dollars at work!
Fractured fairy tale: Yeah Thats Right They were on the Side of the British . To overthrow otterman Control
Financed by the Rothschilds .
I see that Troll is back . They delete Comments. Then make up what was posted was Hate . Truly Evil intent
rebel1916: Davidk is a moron... Always considered a bit of a joke here... He is still regurgitating the same old arguments I see.
Fractured fairy tale: Yeah nothing changes Still the same old same old
Beaver Remembers Gallipoli. The failed attempt to open up another front to shorten the war .
Don't know why they botthered . Seems to be still going