|The Jimmy Dore Show | Feb 20, 2018|
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|RT | Feb 21, 2018|
|Moon of Alabama | Feb 20, 2018|
|Russian bot with ancient regalia|
SAN FRANCISCO — One hour after news broke about the school shooting in Florida last week, Twitter accounts suspected of having links to Russia released hundreds of posts taking up the gun control debate.
The accounts addressed the news with the speed of a cable news network. Some adopted the hashtag #guncontrolnow. Others used #gunreformnow and #Parklandshooting. Earlier on Wednesday, before the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., many of those accounts had been focused on the investigation by the special counsel Robert S. Mueller III into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.In other words - the "Twitter accounts suspected of having links to Russia" were following the current news just as cable news networks do. When a new sensational event happened they immediately jumped onto it. But the NYT authors go to length to claim that there is some nefarious Russian scheme behind this that uses automated accounts to spread divisive issues.
Last year, the Alliance for Securing Democracy, in conjunction with the German Marshall Fund, a public policy research group in Washington, created a website that tracks hundreds of Twitter accounts of human users and suspected bots that they have linked to a Russian influence campaign.The "Alliance for Securing Democracy" is run by military lobbyists, CIA minions and neo-conservative propagandists. Its claimed task is:
... to publicly document and expose Vladimir Putin’s ongoing efforts to subvert democracy in the United States and Europe.There is no evidence that Vladimir Putin ever made or makes such efforts.
Russian-linked bots have rallied around other divisive issues, often ones that President Trump has tweeted about. They promoted Twitter hashtags like #boycottnfl, #standforouranthem and #takeaknee after some National Football League players started kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial injustice. The automated Twitter accounts helped popularize the #releasethememo hashtag, ...The Daily Beast reported earlier that the last claim is definitely false:
Twitter’s internal analysis has thus far found that authentic American accounts, and not Russian imposters or automated bots, are driving #ReleaseTheMemo. There are no preliminary indications that the Twitter activity either driving the hashtag or engaging with it is either predominantly Russian.The same is presumably true for the other hashtags.
In recent weeks, I have been keeping a close eye on Hamilton 68. Every time a Dutch hashtag was shown on the website, I made a screenshot. Then I noted what was playing at that moment and I watched the Tweets with this hashtag. Again I could not find any Tweet that seemed to be from a Russian troll.Van den Berg lists a dozen examples he analyzed in depth.
In all cases, the hash tags that Hamilton 68 reported were trending topics in the Netherlands. In all cases there was much to do around the subject of the hashtag in the Netherlands. Many people were angry or shared their opinion on the subject on Twitter. And even if there were a few tweets with Russian connections between them, the effect is zero. Because they do not stand out among the many other, authentic Tweets.
[I]n my opinion, it's extremely unlikely the people listed are Russian agentsThe pro-NATO propaganda shop Bellingcat thus debunked the pro-NATO propaganda shop Alliance for Securing Democracy.
The import of GMF's project is clear: Reporting on anything that might put the US in a bad light is now tantamount to spreading Russian propaganda.It is now even worse than that. The top ranking of the #merrychristmas hashtag shows that the algorithm does not even care about good or bad news. The tracked twitter accounts are normal people.
|RT | Feb 21, 2018|
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Apparently Twitter is trying to purge “Russian bots.”— Educating Liberals (@Education4Libs) February 21, 2018
I do live videos and have my own damn picture on my profile.
I’ve now lost 4000 followers.
They love to call conservatives Nazis, well what the f*ck do you call this kind of mass censorship?#TwitterLockOut
Getting all kinds of reports that twitter is shutting down Conservative accounts on twitter claiming they are bots. Must be their way to purge Conservatives off of twitter. #Fascistshttps://t.co/XGZc6R8AhE— Nat Shupe (@NatShupe) February 21, 2018
Why did I just lose 100 followers?— Mike (@mike_Zollo) February 21, 2018
This is a damn joke. Twitter is absolutely censoring conservative and right wing speech for no damn reason other than their disagreement with it. But, liberals can write vile comments and threaten us with no punishment.
#TwitterLockOut Was locked out this morning...No clue as to why. This is all the info I got. pic.twitter.com/iZN7Mi6A2J— DeeDee👠 (@dkrwilliams) February 21, 2018
Initial reports indicate the #TwitterLockOut resulted in the greatest loss of life since The Bowling Green Massacre.— Ragnarok Lobster (@eclecticbrotha) February 21, 2018
Funniest thing I’ve seen all night is the Twitter conservatives outraged that their fake followers are being deleted😂 #TwitterLockOutpic.twitter.com/khzhcaWjve— Emilia (@PoliticalEmilia) February 21, 2018
So let me get this straight...— Sue The Stable Genius 🏇 (@suevee85) February 21, 2018
People are angry that, computerized accounts, not even real people, were removed from Twitter , for not being real PEOPLE. & other people who lost Robotic followers think the Bots constitutional rights were violated?Is this correct?#TwitterLockOut
|Greg Hunter | Feb 20, 2018|
|Waking Times | Feb 19, 2018|