US & Israel hiring sock puppets to spread pro-gov't propaganda in social media

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    JERUSALEM (AP) —Israel is looking to hire university students to post pro-Israel messages on social media networks —without needing to identify themselves as government-linked, officials said Wednesday.

    The Israeli prime minister's office said in a statement that students on Israeli university campuses would receive full or partial scholarships to combat anti-Semitism and calls to boycott Israel online. It said students' messages would parallel statements by government officials. "This is a groundbreaking project aimed at strengthening Israeli national diplomacy and adapting it to changes in information consumption," the statement said.

    An Israeli official said Wednesday that scholarship recipients would be free to decide whether or not to identify themselves as part of the program, which would begin within months. "Everyone who believes in the cause, and wants to join, can join," he told The Associated Press. He said the office was looking to budget $778,000 for the project, and that the national Israeli student association would select participants from a pool of applicants.

    The official spoke on condition of anonymity as the project is still under development and he wasn't authorized to speak publicly about it. The Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz identified the official heading the project as Danny Seaman, a public diplomacy official who has written posts on his personal Facebook page which Haaretz described as being incendiary and anti-Muslim.


    Full story: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/08/14/israel-students-social-media/2651715/
     
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