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Meta says it has disrupted a misinformation network targeting US political discourse ahead of the 2022 midterm elections – and one that sought to influence public opinion in Europe about the conflict in Ukraine. The internet giant says this is the first instance it has found of a Chinese-based source using its platforms for …

  1. chivo243 Silver badge

    The blank war

    Just fill in the blank, your comment will be directed to the appropriate propaganda outlet, thanks for using our service! Don't worry if you're rant is not on target, we will use to appropriately...

  2. Version 1.0 Silver badge

    misinformation is standard

    We see misinformation all the time even just events "documented" in American media about the last president - certainly the upcoming midterm elections will result in even more misinformation - potentially from both sides but these days the leftwing appears to just keep quiet while the rightwing is flapping badly ... resulting in politics flying in a circle regardless ...

    "What the hell difference does it make, left or right? There were good men lost on both sides. - Brendan Behan

    1. Shalghar

      Re: misinformation is standard

      Misinformation in elections is traditional standard anyway, usually known as "campaign promises".

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Good to see

      that our local branch of the Misinfo Militia are hard at work here too. Everybody say high to their counterparts in FSB, Israel, Iraninan, and Chinese social media army.

      You are all a lot less fun to talk to then the BTS army, but almost as hard working! By working together with your frenemies and fellow shills, you make it almost certain that the Register's forums have become almost as filled with crap as Facebook or the YouTube comments section.

      Thank you for doing your part to maintain the status quo as the lowest common denominator.

      A special thanks to my fellow republicans for ensuring I once again have to vote against my own party this year! Great job guys! Your unwavering commitment and deep mental health issues almost ensure an unbroken chain of repeats for at least the next two years!

  3. MachDiamond Silver badge


    If Netflix can keep you from accessing your account when you are traveling, why couldn't Zuck exclude comments and posts in political forums from outside the country they apply to. Yes, you could be able to read what's going on, but you'd hit a road block if you tried to post something from an account set up with a different locale. Those wishing to get into political debate will first need to do some sort of verification as a way to prevent rouge user accounts that are made to circumvent the rules.

    Political ads would have to be purchased from a pre-authorized and vetted source with funds from a bank account not held in the name of a foreign entity. Sure, there are ways around some of this, but at least the most obvious and low-tech avenues are closed. More sophisticated meddling might be easier to track to its source.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Geofencing?

      Because it's trivially easy to bypass?

    2. Dronius

      Re: Geofencing?


      "Those wishing to get into political debate will first need to do some sort of verification as a way to prevent rouge user accounts"

      Its enough to make one blush.

  4. Winkypop Silver badge

    One down

    Eleventy billion to go…

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