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Pentagon opens sweeping review of clandestine psychological operations

By Ellen Nakashima

19 Sep 2022 · 8 min read

Editor's Note

We know about Russian and Chinese influence campaigns on Twitter and Facebook. Now, the U.S. is suspected of carrying out secret influence campaigns on those platforms. The Washington Post reports.

The Pentagon has ordered a sweeping audit of how it conducts clandestine information warfare after major social media companies identified and took offline fake accounts suspected of being run by the U.S. military in violation of the platforms' rules.

Colin Kahl, the undersecretary of defense for policy, last week instructed the military commands that engage in psychological operations online to provide a full accounting of their activities by next month after the White House and some federal agencies expressed mounting concerns over the Defense Department's attempted manipulation of audiences overseas, according to several defense and administration officials familiar with the matter.

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