A few days ago I received this email from Twitter:
Dear Avi 🇺🇸,
As part of our recent work to understand Russian-linked activities on Twitter during the 2016 U.S. presidential election, we identified and suspended a number of accounts that were potentially connected to a propaganda effort by a Russian government-linked organization known as the Internet Research Agency.
Consistent with our commitment to transparency, we are emailing you because we have reason to believe that you either followed one of these accounts or retweeted or liked content from these accounts during the election period. This is purely for your own information purposes, and is not related to a security concern for your account.
We are sharing this information so that you can learn more about these accounts and the nature of the Russian propaganda effort. You can see examples of content from these suspended accounts on our blog if you’re interested.
People look to Twitter for useful, timely, and appropriate information. We are taking active steps to stop malicious accounts and Tweets from spreading, and we are determined to keep ahead of the tactics of bad actors. For example, in recent months we have developed new techniques to identify accounts manipulating our platform, have improved our process for challenging suspicious accounts, and have introduced new measures designed to identify and take action on coordinated malicious activity. In 2018, we are building on these improvements. Our blog also contains more information about these efforts.
People come to Twitter to see what’s happening in the world. We are committed to making it the best place to do that and to being transparent with the people who use and trust our platform.
“The Russian Propaganda Effort”
They just can’t give up this conspiracy theory of Russian collusion. These people must think of all Russians as predator-looking-monsters lurking in a misty forest.
Apparently “meddling in the election” is posting tweets, and somehow I was included in that category for retweeting some of them.
But here is my opinion on this: I don’t care.
Why don’t I care? Because I thoroughly vet/research my strongly-held beliefs. Does it matter if a Russian also says it?
If a Russian from the IRA (whose official “uncovering” video turned out to be fake ~ they merely acted it) says “the sky is blue”, does that mean that I shouldn’t believe the sky is blue because an evil scary Russian said it?
But make no mistake, I do believe Russia meddled in our election. I just don’t believe there was any collusion between political parties and Russia – because there is absolutely zero evidence of that.
In fact, I think pretty much every single country meddles in our election depending on your definition of “meddling”. If “meddling” is as loose as making a few tweets, then that bar is set low enough to capture most countries.
We are the most powerful country on the planet, every single group, country, and region has a stake in our political elections.
Cut the Russian “boogeyman” appeal. Apparently the left didn’t get the memo that the Cold War is over. Every country meddles in every other country. Hell, the USA has overthrown entire governments because they don’t like the result of elections.
But one interesting consideration from all of this is ‘did Russia actually go right’? During the Uranium One deal, they had no problem working with the Clintons:
- FBI agents have looked before into claims the transaction was corrupt and lined Bill and Hillary Clintons’ pockets
- Deal sold a company with 20 per cent of U.S. uranium mining capacity to a Russian state-owned firm
- Several U.S. agencies had to sign off, including Hillary’s State Department
- Bill Clinton got a $500,000 speaking fee from a Russian bank tied to the deal
- Others who struck it rich with Uranium One deal gave the Clinton Foundation at least $33.6 million
Seems like they play both fields. Which is smart, considering the stakes (President of the most powerful country on your side).
In fact, we can consider that is exactly what most countries do. Play both sides. This shouldn’t be a major revelation. It’s common sense to do so. The left just chosen Russia for their blame-game.
Just take a look at the variety of Russian ads that were posted on Facebook (All of these came from The Motherland™):
So Why Is Twitter Worried About A Few Tweets?
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not pro-meddling in elections. I have no problem with the Russian bots being deleted, but if they are – so should the one’s that work in favor of leftists (I’m looking at you: ShareBlueBots).
But Twitter only targets conservative opinions.
And this email came at a very interesting time.
See, Project Veritas just released undercover footage of Twitter exec’s talking about how they specifically target dissenting opinions, and how everyone at Twitter hates Trump.
So of course, targeting “Russians” while ignoring anything else, is a prime strategic move.
The creepy twitter email is a distraction of the fact that they themselves got caught meddling with conservative tweets, shadow-banning conservatives, and using algorithms to track anyone right-leaning on their platform. Here’s James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas video uncovering exactly that:
Oh, they also got caught hiring hundreds of people to look at everything you post whether it is private or not (I’m sure these neckbeards spend a lot of time in pornstars DM’s):
So Twitter, don’t pretend you’re standing on a moral high horse. You’re doing the exact same things you accuse Russia of doing: sowing division, and meddling in others’ affairs.
My article on the need for services such as Gab.ai is even more important now.