This brings the term “keyboard warrior” to a whole new level. The front lines are most commonly publicized, however what’s going on behind closed curtains? Here’s an insight – The British Army have just implemented a whole battalion of soldiers described as “Facebook Warriors.”
Named as the 77th battalion, this number has some historical background. Claimed by the Financial Times as a “guerrilla unit led by the swashbuckling British commander Major General Orde Wingate, one of the pioneers of modern unconventional warfare. They operated deep behind Japanese lines in Burma between 1942 and 1945 and their missions were often of questionable success.”
This new battalion will be responsible for implementing “‘reflexive control’, an old Soviet tactic of spreading specifically curated information in order to get your opponent to react in the exact way you want them to,” as described by Gizmodo.
Standing at 1,500 people strong, the 77th is one of many global forces targeting social media – with the Israeli Defense Force reportedly using 30 social media websites spread across multiple languages during their Operation, Cast Lead. This campaign was made in an effort to “engage with an audience we otherwise wouldn’t reach” as explained by an IDF spokesperson.
The 77th will now be responsible for spreading war facts and disinformation alongside collecting various bits of intelligence all though social media means.
Set to begin operation in April – we eagerly await the 77th’s plans.
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