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    Fifty Percent of War Being Fought Against Russia is Information War - Researcher

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    Facebook’s intention to construct a web page to let users see which Russian propaganda accounts they have liked or followed is an attempt by the US government to deny people access to information that is truthful and accurate, Joe Quinn, internet essayist, researcher and author, said in an interview with Sputnik.

    Sputnik: Who exactly could determine whether this information is coming from Russia?

    Joe Quinn Quinn: Facebook will identify something that comes from Russia. Any information [critical] of the US government will be determined as Russian propaganda, Russian lies, whatever, even though you can’t define that it came from a Russian IP address. […] The American government is doing a lot of things that are not in the best interest of the American people and it would rather that there is no one who would highlight this information to the general public. They are actually attempting to smear the truth in their effort to control all information.

    Sputnik: Could this be called an attempt to manipulate public opinion, and suppress opposing views? 

    Joe Quinn: Absolutely yes! [This is meant] to deny people access to accurate information. Fifty percent of the war that is now being fought against Russia is an information war. It is extremely important for the US government to control information, but this is actually making people push back and [look for alternative sources of information] and learn what’s actually happening in the world.

    Sputnik: Do you think this witch hunt against Russia is ever going to end?

    Joe Quinn: America needs an enemy. I still think that at some point [this witch hunt] will end but it would take some major changes have to happen in America for this to end because many in America are seriously pushing against Russia in an act of desperation on their part. People need to realize that this is hysteria, that these people are desperate, have lost their mind. It would take some major economic shift in America or a political one away from it to make America come to its senses and stop this nonsense.

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