Despite claims the Kremlin is driving a campaign to disclose an anti-FBI memo, a source says an early in-house analysis concludes the hashtag has been mostly pushed by Americans. The online groundswell urging the release of House Republicans' attacks on the Federal Bureau of Investigation appears thus far to be organically American -- not Russian propaganda, a source familiar with Twitter's internal analysis told The Daily Beast.
But a knowledgeable source says that Twitter's internal analysis has thus far found that authentic American accounts, and not Russian imposters or automated bots, are driving #ReleaseTheMemo. There are no preliminary indications that the Twitter activity either driving the hashtag or engaging with it is either predominantly Russian.
In short, according to this source, who would not speak to The Daily Beast for attribution, the retweets are coming from inside the country.
The Daily beast: Left Biased. Factual Reporting: High
Trump gets by with a little help from his friends:
Russia-linked Twitter accounts are working overtime to help Devin Nunes and WikiLeaks
Republican lawmakers are pushing for the House Intelligence Committee to release a memo written by the panel's chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes, that outlines purported surveillance during the transition period against President-elect Donald Trump by former President Barack Obama's administration.
And Russia-linked Twitter bots have jumped on the bandwagon.
#ReleaseTheMemo is the top-trending hashtag among Twitter accounts linked to Russian influence operations, according to Hamilton 68, a website launched last year that says it tracks Russian propaganda in near-real time.
The frequency with which the accounts have been promoting the hashtag has spiked by 233,000% over the past 48 hours, according to the site. The accounts' references to the "memo," meanwhile, have increased by 68,000%.
Just because the topic is being pushed by Americans doesn't mean that Russian bots haven't been pushing it heavily too. It's not an either/or situation:
Bret Schafer, a communications coordinator at the German Marshall Fund's Alliance for Securing Democracy who tracks the Hamilton 68 accounts, said he "certainly can't remember" the last time the researchers had seen a topic "promoted to this level" by the Russia-linked bots and trolls.
"On a normal day, our top hashtag is typically used around 400 times in a 48-hour period by the network we track," he said in an email on Friday.
"As of right now, #ReleaseTheMemo has been used over 3,000 times (and five other related hashtags are in the top 10)," he said. "In total, they've easily shared more than 4,500 hashtags on the topic in the past two days, and our top URL is Assange's offer to pay for a copy of the memo. That certainly seems to be a sign of a coordinated effort by the bots and trolls."
Twitter Pins #ReleaseTheMemo on Republicans, Not Russia
And what does the linked article really say?
[snip] There are reasons for skepticism about both the source's claim and Alliance for Securing Democracy's contrary findings.Oops.
Russian influence accounts did, in fact, send an outsize number of tweets about #ReleaseTheMemo -- simply not enough for those accounts to reach the top of Twitter's internal analysis.
It is also still unclear how Twitter is measuring what counts as Russian propaganda. As The Daily Beast has extensively documented, Russian troll farms use cutout accounts to launder their message in order to appear authentically American.
Similarly, accounts like Trump Jr.'s have vastly more followers than the egg-avatar'ed accounts the Kremlin uses to drop their messages into the information bloodstream. Measuring engagement on a hashtag shows influence that may indeed be authentically American but can simultaneously obscure the origin of that message.
It probably helps to read the entire article before selectively editing the headline.
@#5 | Posted by Hans. at 2018-01-25 10:51 AM
Hans your ignorance never fails.
Actual article title:-------Source: Twitter Pins #ReleaseTheMemo on Republicans, Not Russia
My title on the Retort:------------ Twitter Pins #ReleaseTheMemo on Republicans, Not Russia
Release the memo
#8 | POSTED BY HOMERJ
Dems have their own secret memo now. So there.
In fact, I have secret memo that I created, too. It doesn't rely on any evidence just like the Republicans memo doesn't rely on any actual evidence. But, sorry, my memo is classified and I can't release it to you.
It is just too explosive. 🤯
And anyway, you obviously can't handle the truth!
Republicans are primarily Russians.
#1 | POSTED BY ZED
It really is getting hard to tell them apart anymore. They both sound alike online and they both seem to have the same agenda.
Promote half truths and lies in order to sow chaos and discord among Americans so that Nothing Can Be Done®.
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