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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
#Mueller's indictment states that a Russian troll farm had the specific goal of discouraging African Americans from voting to benefit the Trump campaign. 4 #RussianTalkingPoints #HybridWar
Russian accounts Woke Blacks and Blacktivists encouraged followers to vote for 3rd party candidates, or not vote at all which benefited Trump. 5
Russian trolls have targeted people of color before, posing as American #POC and using hashtags to attract specific followers. 6 #Minority #Manipulation #fraud #SCAM #masquerade
An account called "BlackMattersUS" promoted already scheduled protests & connected with well known activists to gain legitimacy and followers. 7 #manipulation #minorityvoter
Russians also used the account Woke Blacks to urge black & Muslim voters to vote for Jill Stein, or not vote, both of which benefited the Trump campaign. 8 #VOTE #VOTERREGISTRATION #VoterSuppression afro.com/russians-charg…
#Mueller's indictment details a 3 year plan to influence the 2016 election, using Stein, Sanders & inflaming racial divides to fracture the liberal vote further & help Trump's campaign. 9 #RussianSpy #intereference
The #FBI obtained emails from a Russian in St. Petersburg telling her family about a crisis at work when the FBI discovered their operations. 10
Two Russian women visited 9 US states in summer 2014, including key electoral states to gather intelligence - find weak points to exploit to divide left leaning voters and hurt Clinton's chances. 11 #divided #faction #arguing #DivideAndRule #ChaosEngineering
#racism is nothing new to #Putin, who suggested that Ukrainians, Tatars and Jews with Russian citizenship could be the culprits behind the election #meddling. 12
Clint Watts @selectedwisdom is positive that Putin that was behind the disinformation campaign to help Trump win the presidency, as the companies behind the effort are controlled by Putin's friend & ally. 13
So we now KNOW that one of Putin's strategies was to target POC and convince them to vote 3rd party (which split the vote) or not vote, both of which benefited the #GOP. 14
This worked very well for Putin, and so far there's no proof tying this to him.
I expect to see Russians posing as #latino voters exploiting frustration about #DACA & #Immigrationreform telling followers to vote 3rd party or not vote. It's probably already happening. 15 #latin
And we all know how awful Twitter is about shutting down bots & trolls. He owns trump and the GOP is #Complicit. 16
#TheResistance has been more effective than Trump and the #GOP thought it could be. That means we're a threat, and a target for disinformation campaigns. 17
Taking back #congress would be a huge blow to Trump and the GOP, and Putin worked hard to help Trump win. He will tweet to stop us. I'm sure #disinformation is already being spread to that end. 18
So stay sharp. Read about this #hybridwar and the very real danger of Russia's disinformation campaigns. You can't protect against it if you don't know about it. Beware of attempts to divide us. They know we're #StrongerTogether .

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Sep 19, 2018
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/
twitter.com/i/moments/9739… #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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Sep 18, 2018
Dear @SenatorCollins - I'll tell you why I waited to report a coworker who touched me inappropriately, and why reports of harassment and assault can have "odd timing". 1/12 #MeToo #Kavanaugh
At an event for a coworker who was leaving the company, I was chatting with a married male coworker. Suddenly his hand was up the back of my blouse, almost touching my bra.

I froze in shock for a second, then backed away, stammering "What are you doing?" 2/12 #TuesdayThoughts
He smiled and said "nothing". I walked away and joined some other coworkers. He stayed away from me after that.

I told my boyfriend about it, but decided not to report to HR for several reasons. 3/12 #RoyMoore
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Sep 8, 2018
#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 📰goo.gl/CYCaQW
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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Sep 4, 2018
The #KavanaughSCOTUS hearings start today.

I've seen MANY people express frustration, and trolls posing as progressive far left are bashing Schumer & Senate Dems.

Dems can't stop this confirmation.

Here's why, and what WE need to do. #TuesdayThoughts THREAD 1/6
🙋‍♂️ Why don't Dems just not show up? Then the senate can't vote on the confirmation!

👩‍🏫 There are easy procedural ways around that, esp. after McCain’s replacement is named (will be sooner than later if Dems try no-show). They could slow it down by hours - not weeks. 2/6
🙋‍♀️ Dems gave in too easily! Why didn't they fight back?

👨‍🏫 They did - they filibustered & insisted on roll call votes for some controversial candidates, which passed.

As the minority, there isn't much else they can do. 📰goo.gl/Dxkejr 3/6
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Aug 27, 2018
As we get closer to midterms, trolls and bots will push #FakeNews more than ever.

Here are some tips for spotting and fact checking possible propaganda or disinformation posts on social media. 1/9 #MondayMotivation
The tweet above that says McCain admitted to being a war criminal is an example of disinformation.

When you read the @snopes article, it's clear that McCain was talking about a false confession he wrote while a POW as a result of torture. 2/9 goo.gl/owo1Pb
A good example of propaganda is using #mollietibbits' tragic murder to paint #immigrants as criminals and advocate for anti-immigrant policies. 📰goo.gl/r6A1aS

They want to elicit an emotional response in working class Americans: to fear immigrants. 3/9
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Aug 20, 2018
This account was created in March 2018. A date for the military parade was announced on March 9th.

A month ago, Craig was up to 15K followers. That's extremely unusual for a 6 month old account that doesn't belong to a celebrity or public figure. 1/ #scammers #MondayMotivation
Almost immediately, the account started tweeting about the #1millionveteransmarch, using graphics with military imagery, constantly asking people to follow and retweet to get him to 100K followers so he would "qualify for funding". (Note the Buy Me a Coffee link).
A GoFundMe was set up for the march for donations. Craig himself promoted it by tweeting the link on June 15th.

He later said a volunteer set up the GoFundMe in her own name without his knowledge (July 11th), & shared a screenshot of that account showing that she blocked him.
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