Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Adam Schiff apparently found it wholly unbelievable that WE THE PEOPLE would want to see the FISA Abuse Memo.
They literally asked Twitter to explain how #ReleaseTheMemo “became so remarkably popular” on their system. This request came after a “watchdog project” that allegedly monitors Russian-affiliate propaganda “found” that accounts tied to bots were pushing the tag which they claim is what made it popular.
BuzzFeed decided to RUN WITH IT!
“If these reports are accurate,” Feinstein and Schiff wrote, “we are witnessing an ongoing attack by the Russian government through Kremlin-linked social media actors directly acting to intervene and influence our democratic process. This should be disconcerting to all Americans, but especially your companies as, once again, it appears the vast majority of their efforts are concentrated on our platforms.”
So it seems that an attempt to get MSM to refocus on Russia is currently at play. I witnessed hundreds of you, heck maybe more, type the hashtag at least on Facebook. That hashtag, as we all know, grew because of WE THE PEOPLE!
Here’s a nice TWIST! The same watchdog group, including several other experts, stated that the likelihood that the Russian botnet made it go to trending as it did is pretty low.
“On Friday, #releasethememo was trending at a level we haven’t seen with any hashtag since we launched Hamilton” in August, Bret Schafer, a spokesperson for the project, told BuzzFeed News.
“That said, it’s important to put everything on the dashboard in context,” he added. “Yes, Kremlin-oriented accounts were heavily engaged, but they likely represented a very, very small percentage of the overall engagement with the hashtag.”
But still… let’s run a freaking story about how Russia and bots made it go trending DESPITE THE FACT that their primary source even says the likelihood is LOW.
Well, apparently they managed to dig up their own “experts”.
Internally, however, some Twitter employees are said to doubt that Russian accounts were boosting the message. They note the hashtag gained popularity around the time that the government was edging toward a shutdown, when partisan rhetoric was already high, and it was tweeted by a range of the American right’s most popular figures, including Donald Trump Jr., Sean Hannity, and Alex Jones.
What employees? What proof do you have?
Indeed, according to Ben Nimmo, a fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab, the role of botnets in US political discussions make it almost irrelevant whether the botnets were Russian or American in origin.
“As a general rule, whenever you’re getting a hyper-partisan message, bots are involved to some degree,” Nimmo told BuzzFeed News. “I’ve not seen in the past years any political news that’s gotten that scale without bots.”
“The likelihood is there were Russian botnets, and far-right American botnets, and probably far-left botnets against it,” he added.
Then why is the first source you mention, Hamilton 68, according to your OWN WORDS , say the likelihood is low?
We should rise up, Patriots, and make it trend again and show these tools that WE THE PEOPLE can decide our own fate.