To avoid addressing an accusation, the accused can return fire with a whataboutism; “You’re criticising my actions? But what about the bad actions you’ve taken?”, moving conversational focus on to the accuser’s imperfections.
People have made computer programs that can create realistic-looking pictures of people that don’t physically exist. Threat actors use these to make inauthentic social media accounts appear more legitimate.
One way you can double check the narrative being presented alongside an image is to use one of many free online tools to see if the same image can be found elsewhere on the internet.
It can be hard to falsify a convincing piece of media, so one strategy used is to take real content and create a false context which matches the desired narrative.
Let’s say there is someone who wants to find out about a topic, but you don’t want them to succeed. One way you could make it harder for them is to intentionally flood the pool of information surrounding said topic with false data.
Aggressors who want to engineer discussion around a topic can use inauthentic methods to get them trending. This helps expose more victims to narratives, and makes those narratives appear more popular than they are.
Aggressors can reduce the spread of information detrimental to their goals by harassing / threatening users producing said information, reducing the probability they will do so again in the future.
Sometimes people come across an inauthentic narrative that they don’t believe, or they disagree with morally. They re-share with the intent of mocking, debunking, or expressing incredulity, but risk amplifying its reach.
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