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Kenosha Shooting Spurs Social Media Surveillance

The Atlantic Council wants you to know that the armed vigilantes coming out to patrol the streets of Kenosha, Wisconsin after the violent protests sparked by brutal police shooting are organizing online.

By Raul Diego | 28 August 2020

MINT PRESS NEWS — The Atlantic Council, an independent policy think tank that focuses on international affairs and is notorious for selling influence to foreign countries, has a sister organization dedicated to promoting “objective truth as a foundation of government” by identifying disinformation and “building digital resilience” to teach people how to expose “attempts to pollute the information space.” The Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab) counts on a team of “digital sherlocks”; a group of 32 researchers, analysts and editors who prepare reports on various news narratives, which the Western media establishment dislikes, such as the liberation of Aleppo, Syria, relying on sources like the White Helmets who have been thoroughly exposed by MintPress contributor, Vanessa Beeley.

The DFRLab, which has attacked MintPress and Beeley in its publications as “anti-Israeli, anti-Saudi, and anti-Western,” has turned its propagandistic sights to Kenosha, Wisconsin, where 29-year old, Jacob Blake, was shot seven times in the back by police while his children watched sparking mass civil unrest, which resulted in the death of two people and another wounded at the hands of a 17-year old who, yesterday, was charged of first degree murder by Wisconsin state prosecutors.

The Atlantic Council’s “fake news” researchers revealed in a Medium post that several armed militia groups in the vicinity of Kenosha, which is only 40 miles from Milwaukee, had coordinated on multiple social media platforms to “defend” their city from the violent protests, which had erupted over news of the police shooting. According to the DFRLab, Facebook, which has partnered with the Atlantic Council before, and Reddit were the platforms of choice for self-described militiamen to rile up sympathizers and call on them to “take up arms”, posting a number of event RSVPs on their social media pages with titles like “Armed Citizens to Protect our Lives and Property” and “STAND UP KENOSHA!!!! TONIGHT WE COME TOGETHER.” […]

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