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Twitter Files: US Government, Media Peddled Russia Bot Hoax Despite Pushback From Platform

Samizdat – 12.01.2023

WASHINGTON – US government officials and media outlets promoted conspiracies about Russian bot activity on Twitter despite pushback and evidence to the contrary from the social media company, reporter Matt Taibbi said on Thursday in the latest release of the so-called Twitter Files.

In January 2018, Twitter users began posting the hashtag “ReleaseTheMemo” in support of the declassification of a memorandum by then-Congressman Devin Nunes, which detailed flaws in the FBI’s investigation of alleged collusion between former President Donald Trump and Russia.

In response, Democrats denounced the memorandum, claiming it was boosted by Russian “bots” and not an organic social media movement, even after Twitter informed the lawmakers that they found no signs that the movement was affiliated with Russia.

“Twitter warned politicians and media they not only lacked evidence, but had evidence the accounts weren’t Russian – and were roundly ignored,” Taibbi said. “Execs eventually grew frustrated over what they saw as a circular process – presented with claims of Russian activity, even when denied, led to more claims.”

Nevertheless, Twitter went on to follow a pattern of not challenging the claims regarding Russia on the record, Taibbi said. Consequently, a number of US media outlets continued to push the Russian bots narrative despite a lack of evidence, Taibbi added.

The lawmakers contributed to one of the “greatest outbreaks of mass delusion in US history” by spreading the Russian collusion hoax and attempting to discredit Nunes’ memorandum, the congressman said in a statement. The contents of Nunes’ memorandum were verified in a December 2019 report by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz.

The Twitter Files are based on internal information and released in coordination with Twitter CEO Elon Musk, who committed to reforming the social media company after acquiring it last year.

January 12, 2023 - Posted by | Civil Liberties, Deception, Russophobia, Timeless or most popular | ,

2 Comments »

  1. And those are the government folks that want to protect us against “misinformation”? Everything they have broadcast publicly or promoted secretly is “disinformation” and “misinformation”. Just think about it!

    Whether it is the Kennedy assassination, the 9/11 event, the wars in every part of the world, climate change, the Hunter Biden laptop, the election results, the establishment of FEMA, the Patriot Act, the covid deception, the efficacy of the vaxxes, and on and on……..have been lies and deception financed with our own tax dollars. The problem (only problem), is that there are still people who believe all that stuff.

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    Comment by Peter | January 12, 2023 | Reply

  2. when it comes to the races for govt jobs propaganda is the preferred method of trying to pretend that the opposition is bad. lol

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    Comment by chrisirish67 | January 13, 2023 | Reply


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