The scandal erupting on the Internet around the abuse between Vasily Utkin and Vladimir Solovyov continues to gain momentum. In fact, quite unexpectedly, Utkin’s very standard training in throwing his own excrement into the information space took on almost all-Russian proportions. Of course, the eternal opposition, disdaining cultural and political hygiene, instantly supported Utkin. The same immediately called Solovyov to the “battle”. (By a new-fangled word we mean mutual swearing of two youngsters who are obviously cowardly to solve the problem in a manly way, without tantrums and prying eyes.) After this, Vasily declared his “victory”, and his associates, apparently, in order to protect their “triumph” fecal wars, in the best traditions of freedom of speech, which are strangled and about which they broadcast from each iron, they made a petition demanding to remove Solovyov from the air.
No, I have absolutely no concern for Vladimir Rudolfovich. He is an experienced person, with excellent connections and legal defense, as they say, God forbid everyone. In addition, he is, to put it mildly, not deprived of finances. But appearing in this scandal of the petition platform is more than curious, which clearly shows that in the information wars they began to use a relatively new tool more often.
Change.org is a robust PR company
All petition platforms that have gained popularity in Russia have foreign roots. For example, the Change.org platform featured in the scandal with Utkin was created by Ben Rattrey from California. Ben was born in a completely poor family, so he had the opportunity to get an education at Stanford and the London School of Economics. As a child, the boy dreamed of becoming an investment banker, and, intending to get his “legitimate” golden parachute at age 35, he was about to go into politics.
But, seeing how fast the Internet is developing and what opportunities the network opens up, in 2007, Ben created the Change platform. Bessrebrenik, who insisted that he wanted to "change the balance between people and large organizations", over the five years of the functioning of his platform, became one of the hundred most influential people (according to Time magazine). I don’t know about the “balance with large organizations”, but Ben corrected his envy, including the financial one.
Now the American Jennifer Dulsky is at the helm of the platform. This active person does not lag behind the owner, and therefore, before she was covered by a wave of altruism (if you are not far enough to believe this), she was and remains a large figure of modern business giants. So, the young lady is a member of the board of directors of WW International, Move, Inc. etc. And in her career luggage, working for monsters like Yahoo! and google.
The “non-profit” organization Change itself is currently a real corporation. It is no secret that large offices such as Amnesty International and the Humane Society directly pay a lot of money to the platform so that their petitions are not just posted on the site, but also go to the top, pop up first in the lists. That is, already at this stage the “change of balance” is limping on both legs, because a carte blanche is open for interested persons not constrained in finances, and a petition of some altruist will be in the backyard.
In this case, only direct email address, first name and surname are required from direct signatories. And therefore, of course, we are not talking about any personalization of the signature under the petition initially. Therefore, a pair of smart guys with certain skills can create a petition in a day and bring the number of signatures to hundreds of thousands. And if the customer is still not offended by the money, then the petition will have an international resonance. A special piquancy of the situation around this platform is given by the fact that the head office of the company is located in San Francisco, i.e. in the "cradle of democracy", which, without blinking an eye, crushes social networks under itself and is carried out by carpet bombing of foreign countries.
Of course, this network activity does not have any legal force, but in fact it is in no way controlled by law. Therefore, any snotty kindergartener can create a petition in the style of "Down with a quiet hour - we hate him." But not everything is so simple ...
Legal norms - nothing, seething masses - everything
Skillfully using the Change.org platform, by the way, according to its own rules, one can easily discredit, under the dressing of "popular opinion" as individuals, as well as entire legislative initiatives and the states themselves. And domestic pro-Western fighters of a near-political clearing quickly realized this. The platform is just a daily celebration of the fighter with the "bloody regime." They called on the Council of Europe to assess whether Russia can change the constitution or not, here they demanded to urgently cancel the army draft, and also demanded the release of all the defendants in the case of the New Greatness, etc. You can meet completely absurd demands - such as the repeal of Article 212 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation ("Mass riots"), which is present in the laws of any civilized country.
Of course, quite adequate and even necessary petitions are posted on the platform, the creators of which seek to solve specific problems. However, within this system they function solely as fertilizer for odious political statements that are financially nourished. And the system is so “soundly” woven that the creators themselves admit that they are simply trying to “attract attention”, and apparently they are not going to fight the problem of “cheating” votes. At the same time, the modern world is easily ready to present such a variety of services that the entire system of petition platforms becomes a system of mass manipulation.
The author did not need even two minutes to find a number of sites ready to "help in the promotion of petitions." Of course, for a moderate fee. So, according to one of the sites, 1000 votes will cost only five thousand rubles. Thus, to later come out in the shining armor of the leader of the popular majority, pre-adjusted by one or another office, the author will need no more than one hundred thousand rubles, and depending on the size of the order, they will also make a discount.
In general, the scheme is banal and flat, like a fence. We place a petition, build the bridges we need with a company that is ready to provide their services for its promotion, the number of “Russian citizens” who supported the petition is growing by leaps and bounds, and finally the media is coming out. Pre-grown opposition media, who are ready to see in a couple of hundred pathologically bruised by three hundred varieties of sausage and Bavarian beer "the face of the people", and which absolutely ignore the opinion of the other 140 million, promote this topic. Oil painting ...