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Experimental evidence of massive-scale emotional contagion through social networks. Author Affiliations Edited by Susan T.

As one chief data scientist at an unnamed Silicon Valley company told Harvard business professor Shoshanna Zuboff: “The goal of everything we do is to change people’s actual behavior at scale. … We can capture their behaviors, identify good and bad behaviors, and develop ways to reward the good and punish the bad.” – senseih

Fiske, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, and approved March 25, 2014 (received for review October 23, 2013) Significance We show, via a massive (N = 689,003) experiment on Facebook, that emotional states can be transferred to others via emotional contagion, leading people to experience the same emotions without their awareness.

Experimental evidence of massive-scale emotional contagion through social networks

We provide experimental evidence that emotional contagion occurs without direct interaction between people (exposure to a friend expressing an emotion is sufficient), and in the complete absence of nonverbal cues. Abstract Emotional states can be transferred to others via emotional contagion, leading people to experience the same emotions without their awareness. Emotional states can be transferred to others via emotional contagion, leading them to experience the same emotions as those around them. Three studies have laid the groundwork for testing these processes via Facebook, the largest online social network.

Fig. 1. Astroturf ‘Outrage Machine’ of Paid Trolls Floods Social Media to Counteract Negative News About Hillary Clinton. One supporter being paid to create multiple anonymous accounts does not constitute genuine support for Hillary Clinton.

Astroturf ‘Outrage Machine’ of Paid Trolls Floods Social Media to Counteract Negative News About Hillary Clinton

(Stream.org) – A significant portion of online support for Hillary Clinton is manufactured by paid “astroturf” trolls: a large team of supporters who spend long hours responding to negative news on the internet about her. The Clinton SuperPAC Correct the Record, which is affiliated with her campaign, acknowledged in an April press release that it was spending $1 million on project “Breaking Barriers” to pay people to respond to negative information about Clinton on social media sites like Facebook, Reddit, Instagram and Twitter.

That amount has since increased to over $6 million. The trolls create a false impression that Clinton has more support than she really does, because one supporter will frequently create multiple anonymous accounts. SPECIAL: Donate today and help the Tea Party STOP the Hillary Crime Machine’s commandeering of America before it’s too late! Let's Talk About Bilderberg. Let's Talk About Bilderberg The Jeb Bush team was quick to respond to a recent report by Infowars.com which linked Bush to the controversial (and secret) Bilderberg meetings.

Let's Talk About Bilderberg

In a direct tweet from Tim Miller, a communications director for Bush, he stated that Jeb would not be attending the meeting this year in Austria. Bush is set to visit Germany during the time close to when the Bilderberg meeting will be held, leading some to speculate as to whether or not he will be attending the conference. Thus far, the locations and dates for the 2015 gathering have been confirmed and they will take place at the Interalpen Hotel, located near Telfs, Austria. How Washington and its Allies Use Social Media to Topple Governments & Manipulate Public Opinion. On April 2nd the Associated Press released an report exposing how the U.S. government recently attempted to topple the Cuban government yet again.

How Washington and its Allies Use Social Media to Topple Governments & Manipulate Public Opinion

This time the plot hinged on the creation of a communications network called "ZunZuneo" which was essentially a primitive version of Twitter. The plan, which was cooked up by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. State Department, was to build up a large following of users and then push them towards revolt. Pentagon Wants a Social Media Propaganda Machine. You don’t need to have 5,000 friends of Facebook to know that social media can have a notorious mix of rumor, gossip and just plain disinformation.

Pentagon Wants a Social Media Propaganda Machine

The Pentagon is looking to build a tool to sniff out social media propaganda campaigns and spit some counter-spin right back at it. On Thursday, Defense Department extreme technology arm Darpa unveiled its Social Media in Strategic Communication (SMISC) program. It’s an attempt to get better at both detecting and conducting propaganda campaigns on social media. SMISC has two goals. First, the program needs to help the military better understand what’s going on in social media in real time — particularly in areas where troops are deployed.

This is more than just checking the trending topics on Twitter. Not all memes, of course. Social Media in Strategic Communication (SMISC) With the spread of blogs, social networking sites and media-sharing technology, the conditions under which our military forces conduct operations are rapidly changing.

Social Media in Strategic Communication (SMISC)

These conditions and speed with which information is pass are further accelerated by proliferation of mobile technology. With the spread of blogs, social networking sites and media-sharing technology, and the rapid propagation of ideas enabled by these advances, the conditions under which the nation’s military forces conduct operations are changing nearly as fast as the speed of thought. DARPA has an interest in addressing this new dynamic and understanding how social network communication affects events on the ground as part of its mission of preventing strategic surprise.

Dozens More Military Programs To Control Social Media Revealed.