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Spam or Disinfo? Repeated But Unattributed Quotes About UFOs That Crowd the Internet

Thursday, August 1, 2013 13:36
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Anyone who follows UFO sightings knows there’s plenty of junk out there. But how much of that junk has a purpose, is supposed to be there, is… planted? In other words, is the Internet getting littered with alien and UFO-related spam in order to drown out the legitimate stories and investigations? Probably. Do regular folks not “in” on this scheme unknowingly but quite effectively promote this disinfo? Probably.

Pinning down who’s disinfo and who’s just crazy or stupid, however, is extremely challenging! But I’m going to attempt to do that today. (PS, I’ll fill you in on how Space.com, Life’s Little Mysteries, Fox News, and the Discovery Channel are completely in cahoots… they frame and lie about UFO stories together, and it is embarrassingly transparent… in an upcoming blog.)

There are a few key phrases that constantly pop up in my Twitter feed and Google alerts, as they feature the word “UFO” in them. I cannot find the origin of these quotes – they’re not from a famous film or author as far as I can tell. Yet they get restated verbatim over and over and over and over again. Who’s putting these quotes online? A lot of people – on Twitter and forums mostly – and more often than not, these people appear to be taking credit for the “original” thought.


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The first phrase is: “Have you noticed since everyone has a cell phone these days no one talks about seeing UFOs like they used to?” Occasionally, you’ll see this phrase show up with the word “camcorders” instead of cell phones. There are 4,190 exact results for this phrase, however! Where is this phrase coming from? A suspended or deleted account from Yahoo answers, a random and seemingly legitimate Twitter account (one of HUNDREDS I’d guess), a message board rounding up funny quotes, and elsewhere:

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