Social media is being used to stage manage our democracy using nudge-based strategies

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Image result for Online propagandaA study from the University of Oxford, published this month, has concluded what many of us already know: bots, shills and trolls are working together to spread propaganda and disinformation, disrupt discussions, discredit individuals and are attempting to manipulate social media users’ political views.

The report warns: “Computational propaganda is one of the most powerful new tools against democracy.” 

The Oxford Internet Institute says that computational propaganda is the use of algorithms, automation, and human curation to purposefully distribute misleading information over social media networks. Social media are actively used as a tool for public opinion manipulation in diverse ways and on various topics.

Bots and trolls work to stifle authentic and reasoned debate between people in favour of a social network populated by (usually aggressive) argument and soundbites and they can simply make online measures of social support, such as the number of  “likes” (which can, of course, be bought), look larger…

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Court judge proves Tory rape clause shouldn’t have been allowed : Daily Record.

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SNP MP Alison Thewliss insists the ruling that the welfare cap is illegal shows the incompetence of the Tory government.

SNP MP Alison Thewliss has welcomed bid to challenge 'rape clause'
SNP MP Alison Thewliss has slammed the Tories (Photo: PA)

On Thursday the High Court ruled that the Tory welfare cap is unlawful and illegally discriminates against lone parents with young children.

The damning verdict proves once and for all what so many of us have been arguing for years – that the draconian welfare cap is ideologically driven and serves no purpose other than to harm.

Mr Justice Collins clearly stated that “real misery is being caused to no good purpose”. In spite of this conclusion being reached after a thorough, evidence-based examination of the cap, it looks as though the Tories are – quite unbelievably – going to appeal this decision.

They have been caught red-handed, harming lone parents and young children.

The least they could do is…

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‘Tory attitudes to social housing’ killed hundreds at Grenfell – Diane Abbott : Express.

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SHADOW Secretary Diane Abbott has claimed hundreds of people died in the Grenfell Tower fire “as a direct consequence” of Conservative attitudes towards social housing.

The current death toll is currently at 79, but the Labour MP said she expected it to be well above what has so far confirmed by the authorities.

Ms Abbott said: ”Grenfell House (sic) is not just an accident; Grenfell House is not just an unfortunate incident.

“Those hundreds of people that died is a direct consequence of Tory attitudes in social housing.”

The Labour MP claimed the Conservatives see people in social housing as “second-class citizens” and are offering them “second-class standards of safety”.

She said: “I think we are going to find that the numbers of people that have died will be in triple figures, just because it’s a 23-storey (sic) block.”

The fire tore through the tower block in Kensington, west

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