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⚡️“Right now there are 1000s and 1000s of fingers hard at work to penetrate your psyche”—Lyudmila Savchuk, activist who infiltrated Russia’s notorious Internet Research Agency propaganda troll farm named in Mueller indictment, speaking at #StratComDC. #disinformation @ACEurasia
That was amazing. Lyudmila Savchuk told of her breakdown after infiltrating Russia’s engine of world wide political warfare—Internet Research Agency troll factory in St Petersburg. Most shocking to her: They—fake persona disinformation operations—are everywhere.
.@apolyakova: Russia didn’t invent new technology. It exploited already available PR tools. They spread disinformation the way @Nike sells sneakers. The strategy is “firehose of falsehood”—drowning out information space (& truth) in a sea of planted propaganda. #StratComDC
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Get it right @nytimes! 🧐 oh wait wasn’t it you that posted “If you see disinformation before the mideterms we want to hear from you”

#disinformation #FakeNews
Hello @nytimes! I have disinformation to report...Yes the culprit is the @nytimes They’re spreading disinformation!....

#FakeNews @POTUS 👇
“Midterms” I can spell I swear 😆
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After the threads from @conspirator0 and @propornot re: @propornotapp (now suspended), decided to look for any interesting breadcrumbs they may have left behind. Wound up learning about #Nationalist parties of Bulgaria and a few other tidbits. #osint #bots #disinformation
First thing that turned up was this article from the site newsbeezer(.)com (site title: Bulgaria Evening News). As you can see in the screenshot, @PropOrNotApp is quoted discussing conditions during fires in neighboring Greece. Sure, why not?
What else is on this site? Well, they appear to be big fans of the National Front for the Salvation of Bulgaria, normally abbreviated to NFSB, though oddly they seem to alternate the abbreviation between NFFS and NPSB. Neither appear affiliated with another political party.
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The closer we get to midterms, the more trolls & chaos agents we'll see coming out of the woodwork.

Their goal is to cause division in the Dem party and those supporting it, like in 2016. 1/… #WednesdayMotivation
What is a chaos agent? Simply put, someone who actively tries to damage movements or stop goals from being met.

In the context of the resistance, it's a person who discourages people from supporting Dems, voting Dem, and undermines faith in the movement. 2/ #disinformation
As Mueller's indictments show, this was a specific goal of the Russian #HybridWar in 2016. The Bernie v. Hillary split was a convenient source of tension to exploit. 3/
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#disinformation alert! 🚨

The right's latest talking points are false claims that #Kavanaugh's young children were harassed by Democrats as they were escorted out of the hearing.

This is quickly and easily debunked by a simple Google search. 1/8
A Fox News opinion peice expressed dismay that the 2 young girls were upset by the lack of civility shown to their father.

It doesn't say the children were harassed.

Their mother chose to remove them when Dems addressed the lack of transparency.
2/8 📰
The first result that said the children were harassed was a Reddit post, which contained a screenshot of a tweet. 3/8 #Kavanaugh
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A simple thread on the amplification of disinformation on Twitter, using fake accounts & automation. Also known as astroturfing. Read on, if you want to bolster your digital media literacy.
Meet @/shocker_daily, a low rent 'alternative news' provider.
2. You'll notice I use the / to prevent amplifying @/shocker_daily myself. Like naughty children, bad actors like this thrive on any attention, negative or otherwise. All attention helps them come to prominence in Twitter's promotion algorithm.

Don't help them, right?
3. These actors will typically insert themselves into the mentions of prominent figures & 'influencers' - frequently journalists.

They want to give the impression of a 'grassroots' response on their chosen talking point. To fool the journalist & his/her followers.
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Russia’s social-media trolling op began stepping up its Twitter presence to new heights in late July 2017 -- more than 8 months after sowing discord and disinformation in the 2016 election.…
This burst of activity-revealed in a new dataset of nearly 3m tweets-focused on pushed headlines & news stories originally from US-based, pro-Trump site, 'Truthfeed' which specializes in hyper-partisan, factually incorrect stories...aka Right-wing propaganda.
By 10/22/17, right before Twitter banned nearly all of the known accounts linked to the IRA's troll farm, Truthfeed content accounted for about 95% of the accounts’ English-language activity.
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Does AUSA Moira Kim Penza, prosecutor in the fed. #NXIVM #RICO criminal racketeering case, realize that her indictments of #NXIVM leader, Keith Raniere aka "Vanguard," last March, may have affected the outcome of the 2018 Mexican Presidential Election? #ArizonaMafia #Democrats
Moira Kim Penza is 1 of the main prosecutors in the federal #NXIVM #RICO criminal case. A #RICO case is very serious; it is 1 of the most complex types of prosecutions the U.S. Government can initiate. Moira's boss is Richard P. Donoghue, U.S. Atty for the Eastern District of NY.
Penza is a smart lawyer. According to publicly available information, she studied at Cornell Law School, a private Ivy League University located in Ithaca, New York. Cornell was ranked the #13 law school in America, out of 203 law schools, by U.S. News & World Report, in 2018.
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Deconstructing Campbell’s Smear Campaign Yields A Blueprint For Propaganda

Latest from Adam Carter (@with_integrity)…
"Duncan Campbell @dcampbell_iptv refers to the following as 'extreme Trump/Putin' sites:

Disobedient Media, @RedactedTonight, @WikiLeaks, Global Research, @ZeroHedge, @Circa, @TheJimmyDoreShow, Big League Politics, @HumanistReport, @JudicialWatch , @CounterPunch, The Populist.."
Campbell's definition of "Extreme Trump/Putin sites' continued:

@JimmyDoreShow @HardNewsNetwork, @tracybeanz, OAN (One America News Network), AFMG (America First Media Group), The Real News, @WeAreChangeNYC, @ConsortiumNews & BullTruth.
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Starting to read this UK House of Commons report: Disinformation and ‘fake news’: Interim Report
It addresses Cambrige Analytica and data targeting; has actual recommendations for dealing with this topic. #TruthMatters #disinformation…
There are many potential threats to our democracy and our values. One such threat arises from what has been coined ‘fake news’, created for profit or other gain, disseminated through state-sponsored programmes, or spread through the deliberate distortion of facts, ...
by groups with a particular agenda, including the desire to affect political elections.

The focus of our inquiry moved from understanding the phenomenon of ‘fake news’, distributed largely through social media, to issues concerning the very future of democracy.
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NEW: Trump's slippery disinformation & Giuliani's admissions to both conspiracy w/ Russia's attack on 2016 US election AND obstruction to cover it up: Today he said 1) Collusion is not a crime. 2) Trump didn't ATTEND Trump Tower meeting (no longer denying he didn't know about it)
MORE on Rudy Giuliani’s stunning admissions: Team Trump had a “Planning Meeting” on June 7 to strategize for infamous June 9 Trump Tower meeting w/ Russians seeking sanctions relief for Clinton dirt. Rick Gates—cooperating w/Mueller—attended.… via @joshtpm
Giuliani's scraping the barrel in search of a defense for his client who encouraged & took part in Russia's conspiracy to attack 2016 election. Collusion-is-not-a-crime is a talking point from May '17—before we even knew of Trump Tower Meeting. 👇@donlemon Republican talk show host Michael Reagan tells Don Lemon
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Delighted to attend #NATOengages, a high-level civil society event hosted by @AtlanticCouncil @gmfus @MunSecConf & @WIISBrussels at new @NATO Headquarters, happening simultaneously with the official #NATOsummit.

Watch LIVE:

Germany Defence Minister @vdleyen:

"Trump is a business man. He will understand that spending is not just about input, but also about output. You can spend 2% on your national defence budget, but not do anything for NATO. Focus must be on capabilities."

#NATOengages #NATOsummit
"A more peaceful, more resilient, more democratic world is good for @Canada.

We deeply believe in @NATO's values:

Peace, security & #DefendingDemocracy are as relevant today as ever." -

PM @JustinTrudeau at #NATOengages #NATOsummit
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>> NEW INCIDENT near #Salisbury:: Two collapse in #Amesbury, UK—near site of Russian spy #Skripal poisoning by military grade chemical weapon - BBC News…
#BREAKING: Police now say pair found unconscious in Wiltshire U.K. were poisoned with Novichok, same chemical nerve agent that poisoned ex-Russian spy Sergei #Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury, just 4 months ago… #Amesbury
BREAKING >> Following detailed analysis of samples, British counter-terrorism police confirm unconscious man & woman in #Amesbury have been exposed to the nerve agent #Novichok—the same nerve agent that poisoned Yulia & Sergei #Skripal #Russia #Wiltshire
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I ran into a rabid Brexiter on my evening walk today. Talked about how happy he was now that UK was leaving the EU. I tried to keep my cool and think I managed to get in a few hard facts, like it’s not the EU forcing a hard border in Ireland #Disinformation #Brexit
The guy happens to be an (unfollowed but not unfriended) FB friend, and he offered me a ride home and said “Please don’t unfriend me.”
He’s decent enough, but very ill informed. I also told him that I’ve never been to a country more ill informed about EU than the UK.
I told him that there had been a massive anti EU disinformation campaign in the UK since the early 1990ies. The lies were so many the EU found it necessary to launch a separate page to debunk it. It has arond 600 entries, I sad.
Referring to this:…
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Here's a real live example of a chaos agent who infiltrated the resistance, joined candidate rooms, warned others about infiltrators, used Russian talking points to turn black people against Dems, & now supports Trump. 1/ H/T @ManInTheHoody #ThursdayThoughts #disinformation
Back in December 2017 she warned people about infiltrators. Makes her look like real resistance, right? 2/ #FakeNews #infiltrator
She tweeted about Trump being a sexual predator, & a Survivors March for survivors of sexual assault. 3/
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Hoy os voy a contar una historia sobre #desinformación ¿Os habéis preguntado alguna vez cómo se fabrican las noticias falsas?

En este hilo os cuento un ejemplo. 👇🏽👇🏽👇🏽
Últimamente se habla mucho de #desinformación #fakenews Hasta la Comisión Europea propone un Código de Buenas Prácticas para toda la UE… @EU_Commission
No es un fenómeno nuevo ni exclusivo de las redes sociales. Hemos hecho muchos chistes (incluido el genial @forges en @el_pais) sobre la máxima de la propaganda que decía que repetir adecuadamente mil veces una mentira la convierte en verdad.
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When Russia downed MH17 over Ukraine, I thought surely that’s the West’s wake-up call to Putin’s shocking aggression. 4 yrs later, Russia uses the same playbook to avoid culpability—deny, lie & kick up the propaganda machine. Truth’s a great antidote👉NEW JIT investigation video
Netherlands, Australia Hold #Russia Responsible for 2014 Shooting Down of Malaysian Airliner #MH17, Killing All 298 Passengers. Russian response to indisputable evidence identifying 🇷🇺army, 🇷🇺missile & 🇷🇺soldiers? Same old denials & #disinformation.…
Russia masked its invasion of Ukraine w/ propaganda about "separatists" & "civil war." Flight MH17–downed by Russian forces w/ Russian equipment–blew the lid off Russia's lies, I wrote in 2015. It took time, but the Kremlin's finally busted for its terror.…
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I'm seeing accounts call themselves "bot hunters" & run prominent resistance accounts thru sites like If the site says the account is a #Bot, they tweet that info.

It's a tactic to discredit #Resistance accounts & sow #chaos & #Division. THREAD 1/5
These fake "bot hunters" count on people believing them & blocking the accounts they call bots. This reduces the resistance account's reach & effectiveness.

Educate yourself on identifying bots so you don't fall for it. 2/5 #panic #disinformation #chaos
If you want to learn about bots, this is a great article:
There is no automated bot service that is completely accurate. It's best to look for a collection of traits and evaluate the account's behavior & content. It requires reading & #thinking. 3/5
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Goodbye to the rest of my day. Here are all of the Russian ads.…
One of the first more successful/costly ads, from 2015. Posts promising "updates" (including one about the Charleston shooting) seem to perform better so far. Also notice targeting- Baltimore, Ferguson, and surrounding.
Nothing like some good old patriotism to generate some clicks 🇺🇸

Just like with RT's cat and tsunami videos, this page was looking to draw people in before delivering more divisive content...

#breaking #RussianAds #Facebook #disinformation
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I've talked before about Russian #disinformation, and how the goal is to exploit existing divisive issues to weaken the enemy. 1 #InformationWarfare #WednesdayWisdom #CambridgeAnalytica #Russie #Putin #deza
Bernie v. Hillary, Benghazi & the "email scandal" were perfect targets. There was already tension & division on those topics, so they were easy to exploit. 2
Russia also targeted #peopleofcolor (specifically black voters) to sow distrust of Hillary & the political process, which helped Trump's campaign. 3…
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Everyone's heard of #FakeNews. Before it was called fake news, it was called #disinformation. The goal is to cause confusion and chaos, so people don't know who to trust or what to believe. THREAD 1 #RussianCollaborators #Propaganda #FridayFeeling #FridayMotivation
Disinformation promotes so much misleading & false info that people lose faith, give up. Disinformation is designed to weaken the enemy by discrediting it with lies and "leaks" of damaging "info". Hint: the enemy is us, the resistance. 2…
Joseph #Stalin is credited with inventing the term "dezinformatsiya", defined in the Great Soviet Encyclopedia as "dissemination (in the press, on the radio, etc.) of false reports intended to mislead public opinion". 3 #ColdWar #Propaganda #Lies #misinformation
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Critically ill Russian national is 66yo Sergei Skripal, former intel colonel/double agent granted refuge in UK after a 2010 "spy swap" between US & Russia. He and a woman were apparently poisoned in/near Salisbury shopping center.
Ex-Russian spy & daughter 'poisoned' in UK sparks fears of another Kremlin-backed hit. Investigators scrambling to identify the chemical used. Skripal feared for his life after his wife died in a car crash & his son was killed in a road incident..…
UK warns Kremlin over poisoning of ex-spy Skripal & his daughter. Recalling Litvinenko murder, FM Johnson said UK was "in the lead across the world" in trying to counteract a "host of malign activity" by Russia.

Skripal's brother, son & wife have been killed in the last 2 year.
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13. #QAnon's dropping already this evening, answering, the question of what is someone
1. "who betrays another, a cause, or any trust.
2. a person who commits treason by betraying his or her country.
14. On 16 July 2014, President Assad was sworn in for another 7-year term after receiving 88.7% of the vote in Syria, with an international delegation who observed the election finding it "free and fair".…
15. Nikki Haley still embarrassing us, today reading her script at UN with tiredly absurd claim that Dr Assad is being "allowed" to have "gassed his own people", and that the Syrian people's "sovereignty" is no excuse not to intervene. Yikes.
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1/ #THREAD Ah, teeny tiny demographical instance of something, hastily wound up to a coy, careful kind of un-endorsement of something else, even uses paper in a medical / scientific journal to try substantiate this un-endorsement placement #Beware #BullAtWork How 'well-connected'
2/ and how reminiscent of a certain type of anti-vaccination trolling / disinformation.😬 #Questions such as: A/what percentage of the population actually use the product B/ what percentage of that specific demographic have been injured seriously, in a clinical sense or in the --
3/ particular mode described in the, eh, 'article' ? C/ So even if as seems likely this only verifiably happened to a tiny % of users,& even if the argument that it is all just public knowledge/public info. is applied so it appears to be, lets say for the heck of it, 'authentic',
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