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Good Read: "How the Kremlin Tried to Pose as American News Sites on Twitter"


How the Kremlin Tried to Pose as American News Sites on Twitter

Twitter has suspended dozens of accounts masquerading as U.S. news sources that had more than 500,000 followers.

By Selina Wang
December 5, 2017

The Kremlin-backed Russian Internet Research Agency operated dozens of Twitter accounts masquerading as local American news sources that collectively garnered more than half-a-million followers.
More than 100 news outlets also published stories containing those handles in the run-up to the election
, and some of them were even tweeted by a top presidential aide.
These news imposter accounts, which are part of the 2,752 now-suspended accounts that Twitter Inc. has publicly disclosed to be tied to the IRA, show how the Russian group sought to build local communities of followers to disseminate messages.

Twitter has deactivated all of those accounts and removed any data on the accounts from third-party sources.
Information on the details of the accounts was gathered from Meltwater, a data intelligence firm that monitors social media.
Details on the contents of the tweets are from Facebook posts that were synced with the users’ Twitter accounts.

Lawmakers berated social media companies for taking too long to recognize the seriousness of manipulation.
People tied to the Russian government used Facebook, Google and Twitter to spread content crafted to sow social discord in America. By operating fake news accounts targeted toward certain regions, the IRA was able to amass followers in specific populations and push messages to them.

There were both left-leaning and right-leaning accounts.
One of them, @redlanews, which had almost 10,000 followers, said its author was “Red Louisiana News”, with a biography that read: “Conservative; Right and proud; Christian. Love my country and will stand against liberals and socialists.”
The account tweeted news from outlets like Breitbart
and wrote incendiary posts before the election.
One of them read: “Hillary Clinton believes in white supremacy.
The only racist here it's her Corrupt lying politician #HillarysEmails.”
Another tweet from the account in early 2016 tagged Trump in the post: "@realDonaldTrump Ted Cruz will destroy our economy and military might with his plans. The only way to fight islamists is Trump way!”
The @MissouriNewsUS account, which had almost 6,000 followers, had a description of one hashtag: #NeverHilary. Another handle, @NewYorkDem, said it was for “New York, uniting Liberals since 1624!"

Researchers have concluded that many of the IRA-linked accounts were created to sow social discord, by trying to "put left-wing people further to the left and right-wing people further to the right," said Ben Nimmo, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council Digital Forensic Research Lab. "It's that attempt to amplify the differences in society."

A U.S. intelligence report concluded that the Russian government was expecting Hilary Clinton to win the election and were prepared to call into question the validity of the results. Pro-Kremlin bloggers had prepared a Twitter campaign, #DemocracyRIP on election night in anticipation of her victory, according to the report.

These news imposter accounts could have aided those efforts to undermine the election results by promoting certain hashtags and topics like “voter fraud” or “rigged election."
By having a network of local news accounts across the country, the Kremlin would be able to distribute propaganda at scale that could galvanize local populations to protest,
according to Nimmo.
A Russian-linked Facebook group attempted to organize anti-immigrant and anti-Hilary Clinton protests in Texas shortly before the November elections.

The majority of the imposter news accounts were created more than a year before the 2016 U.S. elections.
MORE at LINk..

From their imposter Twitter accts to their imposter Facebook accts and through Google.
Explains why anything about Hillary & her policy platform was silenced & banned from larger websites, into their own private corners of the internet.
The Kremlin drove the media message.
The shock to me is how many people believed the unprovable lies.

Shame on them all.

Twitter has now included a blue "verified" checkmark following the name of all valid Twitter accts.

Rohrabacher to testify before Intelligence Committee about Julian Assange meeting


John Schindler Retweeted
Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher to testify before Intelligence Committee about Julian Assange meeting

Full Article LA Times:

'Patagonia' CEO to sue Trump over land grab


"I’m not going to stand back and just let evil win.” CEO to sue Trump over land grab

DECEMBER 4, 2017
Yvon Chouinard, founder and CEO of outdoor gear maker Patagonia, is fighting against Trump and his "evil government."

Donald Trump on Monday moved to radically reduce the size of Bears Ears National Monument in Utah.
In an anti-environmentalist maneuver that is overwhelmingly opposed by Native American tribal leaders in the region, Trump wants to reduce the size of the moment designation by nearly 90 percent.

Who’s happy about the radical shift? Businesses that want to use the protected land for profit by extracting oil and gas.
“The drillers, miners and frackers who were shut out by Bill Clinton and Barack Obama’s use of the Antiquities Act would have new leases on life,” CNN reports.

Chouinard will be part of a larger coalition, including the Navajo Nation, that vowed to challenge Trump’s decision in court.

Well, I think the only thing this administration understands is lawsuits.

“I think it’s a shame that only 4 percent of American lands are national parks. Costa Rica’s got 10 percent. Chile will now have way more parks than we have,” Chouinard says. “We need more, not less.”

Monuments are similar to U.S. national parks, which are created by acts of Congress, except that monuments are created by presidents via the Antiquities Act, a law that has been used by both parties for more than a century to protect millions of acres of federal land.

Trump now becomes the first president to basically try to un-protect monument land.

👎25 years of Russia Kleptocracy. Russia's resources were once 100% owned by the public


Puesto Loco™
USSR was the 3rd largest country on Earth. ALL those resources were 100% owned by the public. It ALL had to be privatized. Ergo, 25 years of Russia Kleptocracy.
US Oligarchs want to follow that model.


*This is telling like it is. Trump's overall plan is to privatize everything, even the Veteran's Administration. We must not let them do this to our country. We must stop allowing the rich and corporations to give so much money to candidates!

*We will all end up like Detroit, but without filters. Drinking water will be privatized.

*Things that happen here happen in Russia first, especially if you have a Russian oligarch wannabe as president

Chatter saying Pence may resign since the Flynn flip


Mueller will take down the entire Transition Team
Pence knows its coming & Trump needs to go at the exact same time.
McConnel & Ryan too.
P.L.E.A.S.E !!

Am Waiting to hear more on Pence.

Puesto Loco™
Puesto Loco™
Sources are telling me they are hearing out of Indiana that Pence is talking about resigning if #MuellerTime gets any closer. Sounds like #FlynnAftershock

Samantha Bee Wants Us All To Play In "Fantasy Indictment League"


Samantha Bee Wants Us All To Play In Fantasy Indictment League

12/01/2017 12:52 pm ET
Samantha Bee Wants Us All To Play In Fantasy Indictment League
"Every person indicted off your list is another point towards a free democracy."

Bored with Fantasy Football? “Full Frontal With Samantha Bee” might have something way better.

After former national security adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty Friday to lying to the FBI in the Russia investigation, Bee and her TBS show tweeted a hilarious Fantasy Indictment League contest.

Full Frontal
Who had Mike Flynn?

Sen. Blumenthal: "PENCE. At long last, it's your time in the barrel. HOP IN!"

Eric Garland
Eric Garland

Sen. Blumenthal: "PENCE. At long last, it's your time in the barrel. HOP IN!"

Kyle Griffin
Kyle Griffin

Richard Blumenthal has sent a letter to Mike Pence (who ran the transition) seeking info on Michael Flynn's lobbying efforts while on the transition team.


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