Facebook’s Troll Hunter in Chief Nathaniel Gleicher Tied to Neocon Think Tank
Source: Mint Press News
While Facebook claims impartiality in its crackdown on “coordinated inauthentic behavior,” the loyalties of the man charged with carrying out that mission. if his resume is any indication, are not with the users.
February 01st, 2019 • By Alexander Rubinstein
MENLO PARK, CALIFORNIA — After Facebook purged thousands of independent media pages from its platform in October, one may be forgiven for thinking that Facebook couldn’t go any lower. But in the company’s second purge of 2019, the social media giant may have done just that.
The round of bans — doled out on Thursday to more than a thousand pages — was revealed in two blog posts: one focusing on pages that allegedly originated in Iran and another that took aim at activity in Indonesia. Not to be outdone, on Thursday Twitter also banned more than 2,500 accounts that it “believes may have origins in Iran.”
Additionally, 418 accounts that Facebook says “it cannot render definitive attribution to the [Internet Research Agency] for … although most appear to originate in Russia,” were also banned. Then 764 accounts “located in Venezuela,” a country in which the United States has been backing a coup attempt in since last week, were banned; and another 1,196 accounts “which appear to be engaged in a state-backed influence campaign” in Venezuela were also shuttered.
The Facebook bans are much like the other rounds issued by the company since it came under scrutiny on Capitol Hill following the 2016 elections for supposedly allowing a private Russian company, the Internet Research Agency, to run a campaign of desultory disinformation on its platform.
In the past — specifically, in the first round of bans on the platform that targeted Iran — Facebook relied on a cybersecurity firm called FireEye, which tipped them off to the accounts. FireEye has been funded by the CIA’s strategic investment arm In-Q-Tel, which describes FireEye as a “critical addition to our strategic investment portfolio for security technologies.”
Facebook has also partnered with the Digital Forensics Research Laboratory (DFLR) — the cyber arm of the neoconservative Atlantic Council, a D.C.-based think tank funded by defense giants, Gulf monarchies like Saudi Arabia, and NATO — in order to weed out “misinformation” from its platforms, including Facebook subsidiary Instagram.
But with the Thursday bans, Facebook’s troll hunter in chief, Nathaniel Gleicher, who commands a 30,000-strong cyber warrior unit, cited no supposed authorities such as FireEye or the Atlantic Council’s DFRL.
Broadening the brush
While reporting on the bans in the mainstream media has been loaded with innuendo, Gleicher himself admitted in a conference call with reporters that he wasn’t able to determine whether the Iranian government was behind the “coordinated inauthentic behavior tied to Iran,” as he called it in Facebook’s blog post. The post also called Facebook’s “collaboration” with “law enforcement, security experts and other technology companies … critical to this investigation.”
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There is more, a lot more on how these neocon think tanks are operating on social media including Facebook to control the discourse and to silence all dissent, especially if that dissent and criticism has Israel in its social media sights.
Don’t you just love geeks…geeks who work for CSIS (Center for Strategic and International Studies) with CSIS’s chairman who is also on the board of trustees Thomas Pritzker, one of the most influential Jewish families in Chicago? CSIS spends a large portion of its resources for its stable of academics writing policy papers on Israel and Palestine. Every once in awhile, CSIS will let a policy paper go through “criticizing” Israel for PR’s sake, or arguing for a return to the policies and “strategic realism” of Yitzhak Rabin, but we all know what happened to him. The cybersecurity firm Illumio that Nathaniel Gleicher works for as Head of Illumio’s Cybersecurity, puts on seminars hosted by the firm RSA Security. From Wikipeda:
“RSA Security LLC, formerly RSA Security, Inc. and doing business as RSA, is an American computer and network security company. RSA was named after the initials of its co-founders, Ron Rivest, Adi Shamir and Leonard Adleman, after whom the RSA public key cryptography algorithm was also named. Among its products are the RSA BSAFE cryptography libraries and the SecurID authentication token. RSA is known for allegedly incorporating backdoors developed by the NSA in its products. It also organizes the annual RSA Conference, an information security conference.”
John Thompson, who is Microsoft’s chairman, sits on the board of Illumio. Microsoft depends on Israel for its R&D. Goldman Sachs selected the CEO of Illumio, Andrew Rubin as “one of 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs” in 2017. Illumio received an initial $8 million in “angel funding” from Andreessen Horowitz, a venture capital firm. Benjamin Horowitz is Jewish. As a venture capital firm, Andreessen Horowitz invests heavily with tech startup firms in Israel as the “startup nation.”
The parent company of RSA is Dell Computers. Dell Computers are loaded with Intel microprocessors including the Intel Pentium chip. Intel microprocessors are manufactured in Israel and production will increase once Intel’s new $11 billion manufacturing plant is completed in Israel. Adi Shamir and Leonard Adleman are both Jewish and they developed the RSA encryption algorithm along with Ron Rivest. RSA with operations in Silicon Valley and in Israel, these RSA Conferences showcase the latest in cybersecurity technology. If you were a country like Israel that has $82 billion in the world cybersecurity market locked up, would you risk not hosting conferences to gain access to the latest in cybersecurity technology? With such enormous amounts of money being placed with cybersecurity firms through venture capital, it isn’t out of the realm of possibility these same tech firms would create a cyber threat only to have their own company in a position to overcome that threat.
These cybersecurity measures coming through social media including Facebook are designed to weed out and eliminate all criticism of Israel. RSA Security has more than 30,000 customers worldwide with close to half the global Fortune 500 companies depending on RSA Security for their cybersecurity requirements. According to Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel will dominate the cybersecurity market. If this is in fact what Israel has set out to accomplish, and there is no doubt this is what Israel is doing, then this would mean Israel would have access to all those RSA Security customers including global Fortune 500 companies. As Israel comes to dominate cybersecurity and technology, it appears they will need more room to expand its territory for all these new tech manufacturing firms. As Israel expands its territory while billions flow into Israel from venture capital funds, the NFL is also plowing money into Israel and Israeli causes.
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NewsGuard wants to do what? It wants to “restore trust and accountability” to the news? Ha ha ha….