Social Media is a PsyOp: Twitter and Government Militaries teaming up for Information Warfare

  • Twitter’s “head of editorial” in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa also serves as a part-time officer for the British Army’s information unit, the 77th Brigade, a new report from Middle East Eye revealed.
  • This unit, which was created in 2015, is intended to use psychological operations and social media platforms such as Twitter or Facebook to help fight wars “in the information age.”
  • Twitter confirmed that its employee’s dual role was reviewed by its compliance teams and is not currently in violation of its policies.
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Twitter’s “head of editorial” in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa also serves as a part-time officer for the British Army’s information unit in the UK, a new report revealed.

Middle East Eye, which was first to report the news, shared a screenshot of Gordon MacMillan’s LinkedIn page in which he listed his dual roles. His role in the army has since been removed from his page.

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A source familiar with the matter told The Financial Times that MacMillan spends a few days a year acting as a consultant to Britain’s information warfare unit, the 77th Brigade.

www.businessinsider.com/twitter-chief-also-works-for-the-british-armys-information-unit-2019-10

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