Lion of the Blogosphere

Viral high school students video Twitter scam

https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/21/tech/twitter-suspends-account-native-american-maga-teens/index.html

Wow, looks like the video alleging racism on the part of Catholic high school students on a class trip was promoted by a fake Twitter account powered by an army of bots. It wasn’t just a case of a video accidentally being discovered.

Who was behind this disinformation campaign? The Russians again?

(Thank you, “destructure,” for bringing this to my attention.)

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

January 22, 2019 at 4:36 PM

Posted in Technology

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  1. Russia Russia Russia!

    Or it could have been just some lefty college kids. It doesn’t matter. Our country is so fragile and on the brink very little is needed to set of the frenzy.

    Mike Street Station

    January 22, 2019 at 4:59 PM

    • It was done to keep two heavy airstrikes on Damascus out of the news. Can’t have people talking about something that actually matters.

      bobbybobbob

      January 22, 2019 at 6:43 PM

  2. If it was indeed the Russians who resorted to this sort of pettiness, they’ve got bigger problems than we thought.

    Black Death

    January 22, 2019 at 5:27 PM

    • Yeah, I don’t know that Russia is going to promote left-wing propaganda in order to sow division here. They can just as easily promote right-wing propaganda, with the added plus that all their domestic allies are on the Right.

      Even better, they can promote pro-Russian propaganda, since they seem to be failing pretty dismally on that front. Conservative boomers in my circles think Russia is still the enemy. And leftists of course also think they’re the enemy, but much more justifiably. Evil Party outsmarts Stupid Party once again.

      Back in the USSR days, the KGB had all the smartest people. It would be like going into investment banking or BigLaw in the US. So they were good, much better than the CIA. Nowadays, smart Russians have a lot more career choices (or they just emigrate), so the FSB has a big human capital problem. But people still seem to have this idea that the FSB has some exaggerated comic book version of the KGB’s reach in its glory days.

      Wency

      January 22, 2019 at 6:07 PM

    • From the article:

      “Molly McKew, an information warfare researcher who saw the tweet and shared it herself on Saturday, said she later realized that a network of anonymous accounts were working to amplify the video.”

      Given that this fake account was the source of the video that a “network of anonymous accounts were working to amplify” and that it was itself cranking out an average of 130 tweets a day to 40K subscribers, I’d say it was probably part of that network.

      They only got caught because it went viral. I’ll bet there’s a lot more where this came from. People are getting paid to do this. I’m not talking about Russians. I’m talking about rich Democrats. They were pulling stunts like this in Roy Moore’s senate campaign in Alabama. So fae there are not one but TWO of those campaigns that we know of.

      https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/report-democratic-operatives-used-second-bogus-facebook-account-against-roy-moore

      And here’s one of the billionaires who was funding it.

      https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2018/12/26/internet-billionaire-reid-hoffman-apologizes-funding-group-behind-disinformation-alabama-race/

      But here’s the thing, The guy funding it claims he didn’t realize that’s what they were doing. See, that’s what I was saying earlier about funneling money through other organizations. Then, if they get caught, they plead ignorance.

      destructure

      January 22, 2019 at 6:48 PM

  3. If the truth ever comes out, this will most likely be revealed to be a bot under the auspices of one of the many Leftist astroturf & political action organizations (ShareBlue, SleepingGiants, Swingleft, Twitter, NYT, Antifa).

    Panther of the Blogocube

    January 22, 2019 at 7:09 PM

  4. The Dems are road-testing their anti-Catholic invective in case the president nominates Judge Amy Coney Barrett to succeed Justice Ginsberg.

    That’s also why Dems on the Senate Judiciary Committee were recently claiming that “some say” the Knights of Columbus is an extremist group.

    Expect more of this.

    Justice Duvall

    January 22, 2019 at 7:33 PM

  5. No EBT or SNAP starting in february, Lion!

    jjbees

    January 22, 2019 at 7:47 PM

    • That’s a lot of hungry orthodox kids.

      toomanymice

      January 23, 2019 at 12:07 PM

      • That’s the best thing to happen them! Most need to lose tons of weight.

        Yakov

        January 23, 2019 at 3:46 PM

  6. The name of the game is never stop making negative associations. Do it all day every day. Repeat and amplify. The guy with the biggest amplifier wins.

    Kubrick saw this coming.

    Curle

    January 22, 2019 at 8:54 PM

  7. It was guidos. They’ve been bored since the cancellation of “Jersey Shore.”

    maryk (the g-loaded guidette)

    January 22, 2019 at 8:57 PM

  8. Meriprolestan is now a big laughing stock of Hollywood comedy gone wrong.

    The MAGA cap wearing teen who stood in the way of the drum beating senior has a surname of Sandman.

    What really triggered the media frenzy of nonsense was a bunch of black supremacists riling up the heat with their ebonics, which lead to a confrontation between them and the MAGA cappies who were attending the March for Life.

    Somehow the old man was supposed to diffuse the 2 opposing crowd by beating his drum, which became a meme for a victim of White supremacy.

    Ok, what, who's this again?

    January 22, 2019 at 8:59 PM

  9. Lion – this beautiful video was made by an Indian guy with his trademark “sexy” accent.

    Why? Why? Why? Why do you exist and why are there proles in this world? Why? Why? Why?

    Ok, what, who's this again?

    January 22, 2019 at 9:15 PM

  10. They are ginning up hatred of white catholic men in advance of Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s passing (because only Catholics can be appointed to supreme court).

    Paul Rise

    January 22, 2019 at 9:17 PM

    • I am rooting for another conservative WASP. Are there any in the pipeline?

      Hermes

      January 23, 2019 at 12:37 AM

  11. Fake news or a real example of a beta “omega” raging boy on the move?

    https://abcnews.go.com/US/27-year-citing-virginity-constant-rejections-threatened-kill/story?id=60532843

    Ok, what, who's this again?

    January 22, 2019 at 9:24 PM

    • I saw that. I assume the guy was just trolling but the police took it way too seriously, and now dude has to suffer the consequences…

      GondwanaMan

      January 23, 2019 at 12:20 AM

  12. Lion is making this seem like there was some conspiracy or whatever to make it go viral. It went viral because the left needed another Two Minutes Hate to destroy another white male.

    JohnBeck

    January 23, 2019 at 1:04 AM

  13. What are you supposed to do if someone is literally beating the war drums?

    They should have called in the cavalry from the nearest fort, that indian was on the war path!

    It’s catch 22, if you take it seriously, you are bad, if you think it’s a joke, you are bad again.

    guest

    January 23, 2019 at 8:32 AM


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