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.

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.

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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