US Special Operations Command To Pay For Social Media Surveillance Tool To Combat “Disinformation”

If you’re tired of censorship and dystopian threats against civil liberties, subscribe to Reclaim The Net. Accrete AI has announced that it has been awarded a contract by US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) to deploy its tool called Argus Social, which is supposed to provide real time prediction of “disinformation threats from social media.” Accrete – described as a dual-purpose company, whose website declares that it provides “universally configurable, reliable, and accurate AI agents for decision automation” – announced the deal with USSOCOM in a press release. It notes that Argus is designed to first analyze social media data (from what it refers as “open source” threats – meaning, publicly available content perceived as threat) and then make predictions based on this data. What it’s supposed to predict are “emergent narratives” – and clients receive something the company touts to be generated intelligence reports, produced at a speed and having a scale that “empowers” the military to then proceed to “neutralize viral disinformation threats.” It’s a pretty grand pitch, and one that the US Department of Defense has already bought into, and bought, since Accrete already has a deal with DoD, dating back to 2022. Now, a new contract concerns USSOCOM specifically, and is meant to give real time capability of “social media threat prediction.” Accrete founder and CEO Prashant Bhuyan is quoted as saying that US national security and civil society face threats from the various ways synthetic media created by “AI” are used on social media, adding that…US Special Operations Command To Pay For Social Media Surveillance Tool To Combat “Disinformation”