Wednesday, February 20, 2019

They're at it Again, this Time with
a Higher Level of Sophistication

The currently most popular presidential candidates are already being targeted in social media. This time those who are scamming the U.S. public are not only putting inaccuracies and lies in writing, but are now "photo-shopping" (altering) photos of the candidate in the presence of something antithetical to their message. The warnings have been going out to the public to watch carefully for the new methods beginning to be employed in major attempts to infect American voters with disinformation as they listen to the positions of the candidates and seek a pure and fair election in 2020 and beyond. It's a new electronic world and we must become aware of new memes and behaviors through critical thinking and becoming aware of as many of these methods as possible.

One of the best visual examples of this was broadcast throughout the day today showing a photo of Elizabeth Warren with a black-faced doll on top of her tall cabinet situated behind her. In the original photo, there are several tall vases on the top of her tall cabinet. In the photo-shopped version, one  of the tall vases has been removed and replaced with a black-faced doll. U.S. voters who are not aware that such activity has begun even this far before our next election, could easily come away with a wrong impression or worse yet, erroneous information that could influence their vote. Watch for this phenomenon and don't be afraid to talk about it with your family and friends. (Public Service Announcement)

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