It’s true: yesterday I saw several Fox News Hosts (Hi Sean!) screaming about how the number of their Twitter followers were reduced when Twitter purged a slew of bots. I did not notice that any MSM sources said similar things, however, so it seems likely that the Russians know a fellow traveller when they see one.
It’s all about middle-school popularity with these jamokes. It amazes me that they think having an army of bot followers makes them legit somehow, and when I learned that you can buy followers, I wondered how many of these tools paid for the bots that Twitter just deleted.
“Twitter has pruned more suspected trolls and fake accounts from its platform, prompting several of its most outspoken conservative users to complain Wednesday that they had lost thousands of followers overnight. Conservatives quickly decried what they called the ‘#twitterlockout,’ adding it to their list of grievances against what they see as an ideologically liberal tech industry. The topic also got heavy promotion among Twitter accounts that some researchers have linked to Russia’s online influence campaigns. …
“Twitter said Wednesday that it was simply cleansing its platform of objectively ‘spammy behavior,’ an effort it had announced late last year. ‘As part of our ongoing work in safety, we identify suspicious account behaviors that indicate automated activity or violations of our policies around having multiple accounts, or abuse,’ a spokesperson told POLITICO.”
“Russia has been trolling the United States for decades.
“It bankrolled American authors who claimed Lee Harvey Oswald assassinated President Kennedy under the direction of the FBI and CIA; it planted articles arguing Martin Luther King Jr. was not radical enough; and it spread a conspiracy theory that the U.S. manufactured the AIDS virus.
“None of these disinformation campaigns succeeded in undermining American stability, in part because the Soviets didn’t have access to what may be the world’s most powerful weapon for fomenting fear, outrage and unverified information: social media.”
And leave ’em laughing: Trump Furious After Twitter’s Bot Purge Leaves Him with Fourteen Followers