Pro-gun Russian bots flood twitter after Parkland shooting

Oct 2010
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It's cyber warfare, conquest by Facebook and Twitter, chaos created the measure of victory.

PRO-GUN RUSSIAN BOTS FLOOD TWITTER AFTER PARKLAND SHOOTING

EACH NEW BREAKING news situation is an opportunity for trolls to grab attention, provoke emotions, and spread propaganda. The Russian government knows this. Fake-news manufacturing teenagers in Macedonia know this. Twitter bot creators know this. And thanks to data-gathering operations from groups like the Alliance for Securing Democracy and RoBhat Labs, the world knows this.

In the wake of Wednesday’s Parkland, Florida school shooting, which resulted in 17 deaths, troll and bot-tracking sites reported an immediate uptick in related tweets from political propaganda bots and Russia-linked Twitter accounts. Hamilton 68, a website created by Alliance for Securing Democracy, tracks Twitter activity from accounts it has identified as linked to Russian influence campaigns....

...Hamilton 68 focuses specifically on those linked to the Russian government. According to the group's data, the top link shared by Russia-linked accounts in the last 48 hours is a 2014 Politifact article that looks critically at a statistic cited by pro-gun control group Everytown for Gun Safety. Twitter accounts tracked by the group have used the old link to try to debunk today’s stats about the frequency of school shootings.

...Characterizing shooters as deranged lone wolves with potential terrorist connections is a popular strategy of pro-gun groups because of the implication that new gun laws could not have prevented their actions. On Thursday President Trump tweeted as much: “So many signs that the Florida shooter was mentally disturbed, even expelled from school for bad and erratic behavior.”

Meanwhile, some accounts with large bot followings are already spreading misinformation about the shooter's ties to far-left group Antifa, even though the Associated Press reported that he was a member of a local white nationalist group. The Twitter account Education4Libs, which RoBhat Labs shows is one among the top accounts tweeted at by bots, is among the prominent disseminators of that idea:



Bret Schafer, a research analyst with the Alliance for Securing Democracy, says the spike in shooting-related posts from Russia-linked bots is in line with what his group observed after last year's shootings in Las Vegas and Texas. The Russia-linked bots weigh in on any attention-grabbing news event, but seize on shootings particularly. "Because of the politicized nature of them, they are perfect fodder to take an extreme position and start spreading memes that have a very distinct political position on gun control," he says.

...The use of pro-gun control hashtags like #guncontrolnow, along with the spread of anti-gun control links like the Politifact article, appear at first to show the Russian strategy of promoting discord on both sides of a debate. Russian-linked Twitter accounts have attempted to spread confusion and angst on topics ranging from police violence against black people, to NFL player protests, to Al Franken’s sexual misconduct accusations. (On other topics, like special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russia's attempts to influence the 2016 election, the bots have worked in concert to further the Kremlin's agenda.)

More: https://www.wired.com/story/pro-gun-russian-bots-flood-twitter-after-parkland-shooting/
 
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Dec 2015
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The Banana Republicans and the Russian bots are working together to destabilize the U.S.


AND...the problems with that are at least two-fold: 1) It's working. 2) Mid-terms are coming.

But hey--Hillary, Emails, Server, Comey, Mueller........FBI!! Benghazi!! Muslims!!
Illegals!!!
 
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Dec 2013
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The russians are coming, the russians are coming

Just ask adam schiff. They told him so on one of their phone calls.


Lol


Just keep pushing that naritive guys.


I prefer my eggs soft boiled on avacodo toast w/ fresh chillies and cilantro but apparently you prefer it just on your face.

So be it.
 
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While it's tempting to just make fun of the hysteria, I have to ask. How do you know these accounts are Russia linked?
 
Oct 2010
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The russians are coming, the russians are coming

Just ask adam schiff. They told him so on one of their phone calls.


Lol


Just keep pushing that naritive guys.


I prefer my eggs soft boiled on avacodo toast w/ fresh chillies and cilantro but apparently you prefer it just on your face.

So be it.
Thank you for, well, for your predictable, all-knowing, knew all along what you couldn't know all along contribution.
 
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Thank you for, well, for your predictable, all-knowing, knew all along what you couldn't know all along contribution.


No problem. I can't help it if you got caught up in this insanity. Sometimes people believe whatever comes along that strengthens the things they want to believe.

Bee-boo-be-bop
 
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