The EU is concerned about people saying naughty things about them on political websites, social networks or the like. And so your money is to be used in the vital cause of a rapid reaction force, a 'troll patrol', to counter the hostile rumblings of the natives. Or so says the Telegraph, anyway...
Spending on "qualitative media analysis" is to be increased by £1.7 million and while most of the money is to be found in existing budgets an additional £787,000 will be need to be raised next year despite calls for EU spending to reflect national austerity.
"Particular attention needs to be paid to the countries that have experienced a surge in Euroscepticism," said a confidential document agreed last year.
"Parliament's institutional communicators must have the ability to monitor public conversation and sentiment on the ground and in real time, to understand 'trending topics' and have the capacity to react quickly, in a targeted and relevant manner, to join in and influence the conversation, for example, by providing facts and figures to deconstructing myths."
EU to set up euro-election 'troll patrol' to tackle Eurosceptic surge - Telegraph
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