China’s social-media attacks are part of a larger ‘cognitive warfare’ campaign
Cognitive warfare, is an interesting issue, which confronts most nations around the world: It smacks of Cambridge Analytics but on a far greater scale.
Chinese government and military writings say cognitive operations aim to “capture the mind” of one’s foes, shaping an adversary’s thoughts and perceptions and consequently their decisions and actions. Unlike U.S. defense documents and strategic thinkers, the People’s Liberation Army puts cognitive warfare on par with the other domains of warfare like air, sea, and space, and believes it key to victory—particularly victory without war.
Once upon a time I would have discounted this but you see the changing of opinions in individuals often related to the micro videos of tiktok, facebook, youtube etc. that are displayed next.
Thank you for sharing the article as this just summarises my opinion of "Social Media Platforms" (perhaps we should start calling them Social Manipulation Platforms?) perfectly;
".....the idea is to “fuel the flames” of existing biases and manipulate emotional psychology to influence and deepen a desired narrative. The authors cite the incredible influence that “invisible manipulation” and “invisible embedding” can have on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter in international events, and recommend that algorithm recommendations be used to push more and more information to target audiences with desired biases. Over time, the emotion and bias will grow and the targeted users will reject information that does not align with their perspective."
You can replace China with US / UK / Liberals / Conservatives / Nike / CocaCola etc. etc. and just about any organisation / individual with the resources to perform such campaigns.... the path to radicalisation is a "Like" away.
@Hopeless_Spirit I suggest you read the book from one of the team from the Cambridge Analytics debargo, that is certainly eye opening, when you realise how easy it is to manipulate or influence a human being.