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Another Failure Of MSM Propaganda: ‘Kremlin Bots’ In Twitter Appear To Be Real People

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One of the key part of the MSM narrative on the “Russian propaganda” influencing the Western “democratic” societies is Russian/Kremlin bots.

The US, the UK as well as some EU states have established a number of think tanks and bodies to combat the Russian propaganda and alleged cyber ops, including “bots” in the social media. However, it looks that they face some problems with feeling the difference between real people and fake accounts.

For example, the Guardian has already covered the influx of “Russian bots” in Twitter:

“Russia used trolls and bots to unleash disinformation on to social media in the wake of the Salisbury poisoning, according to fresh Whitehall analysis. Government sources said experts had uncovered an increase of up to 4,000% in the spread of propaganda from Russia-based accounts since the attack,– many of which were identifiable as automated bots.”

One bot, @Ian56789, was sending 100 posts a day during a 12-day period from 7 April, and reached 23 million users, before the account was suspended. It focused on claims that the chemical weapons attack on Douma had been falsified, using the hashtag #falseflag. Another, @Partisangirl, reached 61 million users with 2,300 posts over the same 12-day period.

The problem is that @Ian56789 has ;later turned out to be a real person, British citizen. Later, he agreed to make an appearance on Sky News via Skype to dispel the myths that he’s a “Russian troll.”

Another “Russian bot,” @Partisangirl, appeared to be a widely-known Australian media activist of Syrian descent.

The Guardian’s political editor, Heather Stewart, attempted to clarify the situation with the “Russian-operated” accounts.

The US newspaper Times also published a series of articles “exposing” Russian bots, who “had been mobilized to pump up conspiracy theories” over the US-led bloc airstrikes on Syria as well as the Skripal poisoning.

Social media users are openly trolling the MSM over the “Russian bots” story.

On April 16, the UK National Cyber Security Centre [NCSC] together with the FBI and the US Department of Homeland Security issued a joint “technical alert,” setting out the Russian cyber-threat across the public and private sectors.

The UK bafflement was triggered by the previous US allegations over Russian troll campaign. On April 14, Pentagon’s spokeswoman Dana White stated in a press conference:

“There has been a 2,000 percent increase in Russian trolls in the last 24 hours. Therefore, we will keep you all abreast of the facts moving forward.”

The reveals could take away all the doubts over the Russian “trolling campaign” in the syber space. There is no doubt that bots are a major problem on social media. However, it looks that at least some mainstream experts involved in combating the “Russian propaganda” in social media know about bots less than common Twitter users.

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  • MD Ranix

    evil begets evil for zio satanic terrorists – the awakened world will speak nothing but the truth

  • Rob

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    Within 2023 to 2030 this world will completely change. Now its depend upon Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt etc that they want to completely emerge or completely destroy. United they will emerge and will easily neutralize Anglo Zionist threats but divided they will fall. Never lesson to media because 97% media is under Anglo Zionist control and they will never tell you the truth. Even media in Turkey, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt is controlled by Anglo Zionists. You should use your brain and search for the truth.

  • Rob

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    In 1923 Turkey government was so big that it was spread into three continents Europe, Africa and Asia. All Muslim nations proud of Turkey. Turkey played a leading role in the world like Russia (Soviet Union), Britain and Germany but Anglo Zionists were not happy to see the rapid emerging power of Muslims, so under deap conspiracy these Anglo Zionists (British, France, Italy, Japan etc) by force signed the Treaty of Lausanne on Turkey which was a heinous crime of that time that they have done in human history. They have dismantled Turkey and have taken large area from Turkey, not only this rather they have imposed many restrictions on Turkey to destroy their economic and development infrastructure. This treaty will end in 2023. Therefore, before the end of this Treaty, Anglo Zionists powers due to fear once again have become active to create political instability in the whole Middle East region for Turkey. Erdogan could unite with Assad and other regional powers to counter Anglo Zionists deep conspiracy and create stability in the region.

  • Rob

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    In 1998 US and NATO tried their best to stop Pakistan from nuclear tests by their missiles, fighter jets and verbal threats that they couldn’t do these nuclear tests otherwise they will attack the country but they failed even they couldn’t find that where are Pakistani nukes and where they will test their nukes. Then in 1998 Pakistan tested their 6 nukes. Why Anglo Zionists call these Pakistani nukes Islamic nukes because these nukes belong to all Muslim states because these all Muslim states are like one country like united states of America. Their assets are combined. Their army is one. That is why when Pakistan became nuclear power then they have shared their technologies with, Iran, Turkey, Iraq, Egypt, Libya, Malaysia etc. Now Iran, Turkey and other Muslim countries produce Nukes in their own countries but Anglo Zionist do not know. LOL. Even they don’t know that Pakistan has produced Taimur ICBM with 11,000km and Tapo with 15,000km ranges.

  • Nosferatu

    dont agree to US army bombing your country? You must be a russian troll…….

  • Rob

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    US and NATO 20,000 containers disappear in Pakistan with latest weapons. Now the container is not 5 feet or 10 feet thing that cannot be tracked from Satellites but now this is the test for US and NATO satellite technology that where are their advanced satellite technology that can read the cars number plates and can see any movement in each corner of the world. Can they now find their containers in Pakistan? LOL

    60,000 Talibans have defeated US and NATO armies. 70% Afghanistan is in Taliban control. Now tell me who are superpower Taliban or US and NATO. LOL

    • HighLord Gaz

      “60,000 Talibans have defeated US and NATO armies. 70% Afghanistan is in Taliban control.”

      ..and these HATO clown fuktards think they can defeat Russian and China? doG above, how did these circle-jerkers become so delusional?

  • Barba_Papa

    I watched that clip of Syriangirl. And she said, if they lie about me being a bot, what else do they lie about. I dunno, I’m still willing willing to give the media some benefit of the doubt in that they’re just incredibly inept. Fact checking has become a lost art. But the basic gist remains, if they tell or print things that you know are wrong, we all at least have some subjects we’re very knowledgeable on, right, then what else are they bullshitting about?

    I feel like we’ve reached the point where only difference between me posting things on the internet about Syria, and a reporter reporting about Syria, is that he is employed by a news agency, and I’m just a guy posting on the internet. Other then that I see no difference. If fact checking no longer matters and we’re both just posting opinions then what is the difference anymore?

    • Daniel Castro

      “I feel like we’ve reached the point where only difference between me posting things on the internet about Syria and a reporter reporting about Syria, is that he is employed by a news agency, and I’m just a guy posting on the internet.”

      You’re wrong, you post things you think are true or right, and the reporter report things he knows are outright lies and fabrications, and are morally wrong.

      So the difference between random dude on the internet and MSM reporter is random dude has more credibility, because even if he is mistaken it is a honest mistake.

      • Barba_Papa

        Well, maybe I’m an optimist but I’m still willing to give the reporter the benefit of the doubt that he’s either inept, or part of some groupthink where they really believe their bullshit. There seems to be a lot of groupthink on all sides of the spectrum.

        But you’re right, if we random dudes are mistaken its an honest mistake. The reporter’s mistakes influences millions. Even worse if he lied outright.

    • zman

      After the events of the last 30 years and the massive amount of lies perpetrated upon the public at large, I can not in any way give the benefit of doubt to any western so-called journalists (talking head TV actors). They are aiding and abetting their controllers at best. No one made them choose their ‘career’, no one makes them stay in such a job. It is a situation of their own making. Daniel is correct…when they make false statements, it is with the knowledge that they are. When a ‘citizen reporter’ makes a mistake, it is usually because of poor information or deception from informants. Fact checking does indeed make a difference, especially after the fact of an event. It gives credibility to the honest and exposes the charlatans…especially valuable when making decisions. Because fact checking seems to have gone out the window is just more proof that they have no qualms about printing lies, their stock in trade, which guarantees their continued employment. The media has as much morality as the politicians they serve, but are worse, as they are the main tool of subjugation and propaganda and they very well know it.

    • HighLord Gaz

      The difference is that the MSM presstitute is paid to deliver and defend the official narrative, while you are free to question and investigate and raise alternatives and facts that are “inconvenient” to Officialdom and their pro-war & regime-change agendas.

      Thats a HUGE difference. A classic Evil vs Good scenario.

  • Pave Way IV

    Only a 20x increase in Russian troll activity? That’s nothing. The attack itself created at least a 500x increase in secret, treasonous Pentagon clownfuckery and US State propaganda. I would say the Russians trolls are lagging behind.

  • SnowCatzor

    RussBot-189235 reporting for duty. What is our next target comrades?

  • Thinker M

    They are still trolls that spammed the website with false information.

    It is unfortunate that The Guardian would label them as Kremlin bots, but it doesn’t change the fact that they were trolls that tried to spread their bs conspiracy theories that have no foundation in reality. You don’t have to be a Kremlin troll bot to do that.