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  1. #31
    This older TOI story is still pending validation by US MSM:

    Israeli firm under FBI scrutiny in Trump probe allegedly targeted BDS activists

    According to a lawsuit against the company, a Psy-Group operative registered, a website that reportedly named and shamed supporters of the anti-Israel boycott effort

    Times Of Israel

    Illustrative image of demonstrators outside the offices of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo protesting his executive order calling for New York companies to divest from organizations that support the BDS movement, June 9, 2016. (Erik McGregor/Pacific Press/LightRocket/Getty Images)

    Psy-Group, a mysterious Israeli company that is reportedly being investigated by the FBI in connection with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into alleged illegal interference in the 2016 US presidential election, was also involved in covert anti-BDS efforts, according to a lawsuit against the company and multiple sources who spoke to The Times of Israel.
    BDS is a campaign by some pro-Palestinian activists encouraging people to boycott, divest from and sanction Israel over what they call its ill-treatment of the Palestinians.

    Psy-Group, which operates in Israel under the name Invop Ltd, is a self-styled leader in “intelligence and influence” which boasts in its marketing material of its covert techniques and capabilities. Its founder and co-owner Joel Zamel was reported by the New York Times last month to have met with Donald Trump Jr. three months before the November 2016 US presidential elections, offering to assist his father’s campaign, and the company was reported to have drawn up “a multimillion-dollar proposal for a social media manipulation effort to help elect Mr. Trump.”

    While a lawyer for Zamel denied that he or any his companies had any involvement in the US election campaign, Bloomberg News has reported that Special Counsel Mueller’s team is investigating flows of money into Psy-Group’s Cyprus bank account, and also that Psy-Group formed an alliance with Cambridge Analytica, a (now collapsed) company that the Trump campaign consulted on social media issues, following Trump’s election.
    Psy-Group’s marketing materials highlight its “professionalism, legality and discretion,” and little is publicly known of its activities, but a Canadian legal battle has shed some light on its practices, including its alleged work to counter anti-Israel BDS activities.

    Screenshot of a YouTube video posted by a user called OutlawBDS. (YouTube screenshot)

    Other BDS supporters report having received an email in September 2017 from the email address admin@outlawbds warning them:

    “Be aware that you have been identified as a BDS promoter. According to new legislation in New York State, individuals or organizations that engage in or promote BDS activities with US allies will no longer receive public funding or support. Moreover, the state and its agencies will no longer engage in business or hire these organizations and individuals as they have been deemed problematic and anti-American. You have been marked. You have been identified. You have a limited window of opportunity to cease and desist or face the consequences of your actions in legal proceedings. In case you have ceased your past wrongdoing, please contact us at admin@outlawbds for your profile to be removed from the Blacklist.”
    The Times of Israel was told by multiple sources that Psy-Group worked to counter BDS activists — and is one of several such firms, set up by or employing former Israeli intelligence operatives, that do so.

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  3. #32
    Quote Originally Posted by enhanced_deficit View Post
    Israeli firm under FBI scrutiny in Trump probe allegedly targeted BDS activists
    Isn't it great that all of the stories appear to give basically the same information, but none of them explain HOW the public opinion is manipulated?
    The following story is the best explanation I found on HOW it is done (it doesn't mention Cambridge Analytica let alone its parent company SCL Group)...

    Act.IL was developed to curb online outrage over Israel’s 2014 war against Palestinians in Gaza. According to a UN report, 2,251 Palestinians were killed, including 1,462 civilians; 67 Israeli soldiers and 6 Israeli civilians also died.
    Hundreds of Israeli students joined a digital “war room” to spam social media with pro-Israel content.
    Expert Katie Joseff said the governments of Ecuador, Russia, Turkey, and the Philippines have used similar methods to spread propaganda.

    The smartphone app and website Act.IL was developed by former Israeli intelligence officers in collaboration with the Israeli government. The founder and CEO of Act.IL, Yarden Ben Yosef, is a former army intelligence officer who is in regular contact with the country's military and intelligence establishment. Act.IL is largely staffed by former intelligence officers.
    Once logged in to Act.IL, users are presented with a series of “missions” they can take part in to "get cool prizes”.

    In early August, Israel carried out airstrikes in the Gaza Strip. This was followed by an online campaign, on dozens of prominent media outlets, organized through Act.IL with financial backing from the main Republican funder Sheldon Adelson.
    The mission following the August airstrikes on Gaza asked users to “take action for Israel” by liking comments on the Facebook pages of 24 international news outlets so that they become the top comments, “the first ones that readers see!”.

    After a user posted similar comments on the Facebook pages of CNN International, Canada’s Global News, Iran’s PressTV, and Nigeria’s Channels Television; Act.IL online trolls made hers among the most-liked comments on all 5 news organisations’ Facebook posts.
    Nancy Saada got the top comment on the New York Times page and several others. Several of these comments are from current employees of Act.IL, paid astroturfers.

    After Lana Del Rey said she would perform in Israel despite objections from Palestinian activists, Act.IL users supported her online. When about a month later she cancelled the performance, a new mission encouraged Act.IL users to like a Facebook comment that expressed disappointment that the performance had been politicised.

    In July, after the Israeli parliament passed the racist “nation state” law, Palestinian-American student Hamzeh Daoud, posted an angry Facebook status in which he physically threatened Zionists who praised Israel. Act.IL encouraged its users to post online and send letters to send to his university leaders to get the student fired.
    In another instance earlier this year, the Act.IL app joined an effort against student leaders at George Washington University who voted in favour of a resolution that called for a boycott of companies that do business in Israel. Act.IL directed people to a Facebook page that showed the names of students who had voted in favour of the boycott, so they could be harassed:
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    Yesterday, Karl Racine, attorney general of the District of Columbia, filed a court case against Facebook for violating the privacy of 340,000 residents. The district attorney said the maximum penalty is $5,000 "per violation". It is not clear what a single violation is, according to the law, but it means that Facebook could face a fine of up to $1.7 billion (for Columbia alone).
    Predictably Facebook’s shares took a plunge after this news hit the press.

    In 2013, Facebook allowed Aleksandr Kogan, and his Global Science Research (GSR), affiliated with England's Cambridge University, to launch an app on Facebook called "thisisyourdigitallife". The app offered to generate a personality profile in exchange for access to their Facebook data. Although only 852 Facebook users in Columbia installed Kogan's app, it also collected information on all of their Facebook friends who didn’t give permission — amounting to nearly half of all its residents.
    GSR sold the information to Cambridge Analytica, which used it in the 2016 presidential campaigns to target voters.

    AG Racine wrote in his statement:
    Facebook failed to protect the privacy of its users and deceived them about who had access to their data and how it was used.
    Facebook put users at risk of manipulation by allowing companies like Cambridge Analytica and other third-party applications to collect personal data without users’ permission. Today's lawsuit is about making Facebook live up to its promise to protect its users' privacy.
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  6. #34
    Latest conspiracy theories on far Right claiming MAGA campiagn to be fraud & a fake front group for Israel First lobbies is even more dangerous than above reports.

  7. #35
    Everybody “knows” that it was really Russia that rigged the US, but who knew that the Capital of Russia is London?

    Queen Elizabeth’s third cousin, the openly gay Lord Ivar Mountbatten, was also sitting on SCL’s advisory board but it’s unclear if he still holds that role. He is even closer related to Elizabeth´s husband Philip and descends directly from Queen Victoria.

    The Chief Executive of SCL Group is Nigel Oakes, another old Etonian, who has links to the British royals and was once rumoured to be an Mi5 spy.
    Nigel Oakes was once the boyfriend of Lady Helen Windsor.
    Oakes previously worked for Margaret Thatcher’s favourite advertising agency, Saatchi & Saatchi.

    SCL President Sir Geoffrey Pattie was a defence undersecretary in the Thatcher government.

    Former Conservative Party Treasurer Jonathan Marland is also on the board of directors of SCL.

    Others associated, past or present, with SCL include:
    Rear Admiral John Tolhurst, aide de camp to Queen Elizabeth and former MoD assistant director of naval warfare at the Ministry of Defence (MoD)
    Sir James Allen Mitchell, privy counsellor since 1985;
    Gavin McNicoll, creator of the Eden Intelligence firm, which was contracted by the British government.

    In 2005, SCL went public promoting itself as the first private company to provide psychological warfare services to the British military.

    SCL received £548,000 for training NATO. This was “subsequently passed on to Georgian, Ukrainian and Moldovan government officials”.
    An offshoot, SCL Defense, received $775,000 to support NATO operations in Eastern Europe.

    Mark Turnbull is head of Cambridge Analytica Political Global. He was previously employed for 18 years at Bell Pottinger where, he headed the Pentagon funded PR drive in occupied Iraq which included production of fake al-Qaeda videos.
    The US State Department has a $500,000 contract with SLC to provide “research and analytical support in connection with our mission to counter terrorist propaganda and disinformation overseas”.

    SCL has a higl level secret clearance as “list X” contractor for the MOD.
    In 2010/11, the MoD hired SCL for £40,000 for “training”.

    In 2014/15 the MoD paid SCL £150,000 for the “procurement of target audience analysis” on “Project Duco” to analyse how people would interact to government propaganda.
    The intellectual copyright is held by the government’s science and technology laboratory at Porton Down:
    (archived here:

    Nigel Oakes has founded Emerdata to take over the business of the SCL Group and Cambridge Analytica (that were dissolved after all the controversy).
    Directors of Emerdata include Oakes, Rebekah and Jennifer Mercer (daughters of Robert Mercer), Julian Wheatland and Alexander Nix.

    Another interesting name on Emerdata’s board is Johnson Chun Shun Ko, who is also deputy chairman of Frontier Services Group.
    The Frontier Services Group is chaired by Erik Prince is best known as the founder of private mercenary group Blackwater and is the brother of US education secretary Betsy DeVos:

    There is also a connection between Paulo Zampolli, who introduced model Melania Knauss to a quickly smithen Donald Trump and was also a business partner of Jeffrey Epstein, and the Henley and Partners that was in business with Cambridge Analytica
    Quote Originally Posted by Firestarter
    Paulo Zampolli also introduced Dominica’s ambassador to the US to the head of Dubai-based Range Developments, a property firm that now markets the real estate investment program in Dominica and St. Kitts
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  8. #36
    On a related note, Foxnews owner owned WSJ at it again:

    Report: Cohen Hired Tech Firm to Try to Rig Polls for Trump and Create “Women for Cohen” Fan Account

    By Molly Olmstead
    Jan 17, 201910:39 AM

    An internet technology firm has publicly accused President Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen of failing to pay for services meant to help the Trump campaign, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.
    According to the Journal, Cohen had hired John Gauger, who owns the small tech firm RedFinch Solutions LLC and is chief information officer at Liberty University, to try to manipulate two online polls as Trump was preparing to enter the 2016 presidential race. According to the report, Cohen agreed to pay Gauger $50,000 but failed to produce the full amount. Gauger’s account of the payment is a strange one:
    In his Trump Organization office, Mr. Cohen surprised [Gauger] by giving him a blue Walmart bag containing between $12,000 and $13,000 in cash and, randomly, a boxing glove that Mr. Cohen said had been worn by a Brazilian mixed-martial arts fighter…
    Earlier on, in 2014, Cohen had also asked Gauger to help Trump do well in a CNBC online poll ranking the country’s top business leaders. According to the Journal, Gauger was hired to write a computer script to repeatedly vote for Trump. He failed to land Trump in the top 100.

    As part of their agreement, Cohen also asked Gauger to create a Twitter account called “@WomenForCohen,” which was opened in 2016 and shared enthusiastic messages about Cohen’s character and appearance, and it promoted Cohen’s appearances and statements supporting Trump. The account’s profile currently reads: “Women who love and support Michael Cohen. Strong, pit bull, sex symbol, no nonsense, business oriented, and ready to make a difference!”
    For this work, according to the Journal, Cohen promised and was reimbursed $50,000 by the Trump Organization, largely with funds from the president’s personal account. Cohen told the Journal that he did not pay Gauger in cash but that “all monies paid to Mr. Gauger were by check,” and he confirmed the Journal’s story to CNN and said his actions were “at the direction of and for the sole benefit of Donald J. Trump. I truly regret my blind loyalty to a man who doesn’t deserve it.”

    Liberty U. Senior Official Accepted Bag of Money for Helping Trump in Online Polls, Report Says

    By Lindsay Ellis January 17, 2019
    Pablo Martinez Monsivais, AP Images
    Jerry Falwell Jr., president of Liberty U., and Donald Trump, president of the United States, after a speech by Trump on the Virginia campus

    Updated (1/17/2019, 4:23 p.m.) with comment from Liberty University and Jerry Falwell Jr.

    President Trump’s former top lawyer paid Liberty University’s chief information officer to manipulate online polls in an effort to raise Trump’s profile before his successful presidential campaign, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. The news shows a deeper relationship than previously reported between the president and employees of the university, a private Christian institution located in Virginia and led by Jerry L. Falwell Jr., a prominent Trump ally.

    The Liberty technology administrator, John Gauger, also created a Twitter account, @WomenForCohen, to promote the president’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, according to the Journal. “Strong, pit bull, sex symbol, no nonsense, business oriented, and ready to make a difference,” the account’s description read on Thursday.

    In one post reviewed by The Chronicle, the @WomenForCohen account shared a photo of Cohen, Falwell, and his wife. “Love to see good #Christian people on board the #TrumpTrain #Liberty #Trump2016,” the account wrote. The Journal reported that a female friend of Gauger operated the @WomenForCohen account.


    Trump accuses NBC/WSJ poll of being a 'Rupert Murdoch hit'
    Donald Trump discounted the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Wednesday as "phony," remarking in a radio interview that the survey represented a "Rupert Murdoch hit."

    “In my opinion, it was a fix, you want to know the truth," the Republican candidate told Sirius XM's Breitbart News Daily in an interview with host Stephen Bannon on Thursday. "CBS just came out with a poll that says the same as every other poll. You know, Wall Street Journal came out with a poll, ‘cause I’m not a big fan of the Wall Street Journal."

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    Quote Originally Posted by enhanced_deficit View Post
    Trump accuses NBC/WSJ poll of being a 'Rupert Murdoch hit'
    Donald Trump discounted the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Wednesday as "phony," remarking in a radio interview that the survey represented a "Rupert Murdoch hit."

    “In my opinion, it was a fix, you want to know the truth," the Republican candidate told Sirius XM's Breitbart News Daily in an interview with host Stephen Bannon on Thursday. "CBS just came out with a poll that says the same as every other poll. You know, Wall Street Journal came out with a poll, ‘cause I’m not a big fan of the Wall Street Journal."
    Please don’t tell me that Trump fans actually believe this BS that the Wall Street Journal of the good friend of Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner, Rupert Murdoch, are actually anti-Trump?!?
    Murdoch is also a long-time friend of Jacob Rothschild, whose son Nathaniel once dated Ivanka...

    See Ghislaine Maxwell, who ran the paedophile sex ring with Jeffrey Epstein, at the invitation of Queen Rania Al Abdullah, Indra Nooyi and Wendi Murdoch (Murdoch’s ex-wife, Wendi Deng, the close friend of First Daughter Ivanka) with Rupert Murdoch at the Fifth Important Dinner for Women, New York, September 2010.

    For more on the good friend of Prince Andrew, Lynn Forester, Bill Clinton and Donald Trump - Jeffrey Epstein:

    Quote Originally Posted by Firestarter View Post
    Dasha Zhukova would host Ivanka and Jared Kushner in Russia in 2014 and even attended Trump’s inauguration as their guest in January.
    Zhukova is also a friend and business partner of Rupert Murdoch’s ex-wife Wendi Deng, one of Ivanka’s closest friends, and a friend of Karlie Kloss, the long-time girlfriend of Jared’s brother, Josh Kushner.
    In 2016, Jared and Ivanka Kushner shared a box at the US Open with amongst others Zhukova and Deng:

    See the picture at the US Open (clockwise from top left): Michael Kives, Wendi Deng, unknown guest, John Hess, Princess Beatrice, Karlie Kloss, Dasha Zhukova, David Geffen, Michael Hess, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner.
    David Geffen is also very close to the Clintons and Ivanka´s brother-in-law Joshua Kushner:
    Last edited by Firestarter; 01-23-2019 at 09:55 AM.
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    SCL Group - Facebook sues Korean Rankwave

    On 10 May, Facebook announced:
    Today Facebook filed a lawsuit in California state court against Rankwave, a South Korean data analytics company that ran apps on the Facebook platform. Facebook was investigating Rankwave’s data practices in relation to its advertising and marketing services. Rankwave failed to cooperate with our efforts to verify their compliance with our policies, which we require of all developers using our platform.

    Facebook has already suspended apps and accounts associated with Rankwave, and today’s suit asks the court to enforce the basic cooperation terms that Rankwave agreed to in exchange for the opportunity to operate apps on the platform.

    By filing the lawsuit, we are sending a message to developers that Facebook is serious about enforcing our policies, including requiring developers to cooperate with us during an investigation.
    Facebook has accused the South Korean Rankwave of using at least 30 apps to track and analyse comments and likes. Facebook demands $9.8 million for the value of the data and to cover the legal fees, Facebook also requested an injunction to prohibit Rankwave from accessing Facebook, to allow Facebook’s audit, and delete all Facebook data.
    Rankwave is accused of misusing Facebook data, delaying to respond to a cease-and-desist order, lying about not violating Facebook policy and not using its apps since 2018 when they were still accessed in April 2019, and refusing to comply with a mandatory audit.

    Rankwave had a consumer app that asked for consent to provide a "social influence score". Then it would pull data about Facebook activity like location checkins. Until 2015, this kind of app could also access the data on their Facebook friends.
    Rankwave used the user data for targeted advertisements. If the location checkins showed checking into a baseball stadium, for example, Rankwave for a price would help clients target these with ads for baseball tickets.
    Rankwave describes how it extracts contact info for ad targeting data from Facebook data.

    Isn´t it strange that Rankwave was openly selling these services for years before Facebook took action? Only in January 2019, Facebook first asked Rankwave for proof it complied with its “policies”. After receiving no response, Facebook issued a cease-and-desist order in February.
    According to Facebook, Rankwave has been illegally using this information since 2014, "for its own business purposes, which include providing consulting services to advertisers and marketing companies".
    Would it simply be allowed if a company paid Facebook for this data to be used or only if Facebook sells the information itself?

    Rankwave still offers an Android app that asks you to login with Facebook so it can assess your posts to give you a “Social Influencer Score”:
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