2018 Dec 17, 8:19pm
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LONDON — Walk into Number 10 Downing Street, take the first left and straight ahead of you is the prime minister’s press office, an open-plan room of civil servants sitting in rows outside the grand corner office of Theresa May’s director of communications, Robbie Gibb.A flat screen television sits on one of the walls, scrolling through what is being read online — the most popular conversations and shared articles, search words and trending topics.Not far away are two or three officials charged with tackling what No. 10 sees as a rising risk, to the government politically and to the country as a whole: the rapid rise of new populist news sites pushing conspiratorial, anti-establishment content outside the channels of traditional media.Led by No. 10 Downing Street’s Head of Digital Communications Chris Hamilton, the British government’s five-strong “rapid response unit” spread across No. 10 and the Cabinet Office is tasked with monitoring and firefighting stories set alight on social media, often beyond the radar of many of London’s politicians and journalists.Stories going viral are discussed at an 8 a.m. prep meeting, usually chaired by the prime minister’s Chief of Staff Gavin Barwell or deputy JoJo Penn. At 8.30 a.m., the main meeting of the day with the prime minister takes place to plan the day ahead. Three times a day a media summary is distributed inside No.10, setting out what is dominating the traditional news outlets and online publications. “Who do you ring? You don’t know who these people are" — No. 10 official...The loss of media control is having a real effect on the government’s ability to act, officials said.
Sounds to me like their government, and ours, just doesn't like resistance to the globalist agenda, and the people are sick enough of having their legitimate opinions censored that they are simply bypassing the mainstream "news" and publishing their own.
British government’s five-strong “rapid response unit” spread across No. 10 and the Cabinet Office is tasked with monitoring and firefighting stories set alight on social media