Once these two get together on defining and identifying propaganda twitter accounts, accounts with diverse political opinions will be endangered and removed from this part of the social network Town Square. Already, too many conservative sites have been collared for producing hate. I have seen them removed for just quoting history. If this keeps up, these social networks will wind up getting treated like a utility and strictly regulated.
As Written By Rick Moran for the American Thinker:
It’s rare that two corporations cooperate on anything, much less the politically charged topic of “propaganda.” But Twitter has apparently given the website BuzzFeed the power to identify suspected “propaganda” accounts on the social media giant that Twitter can then suspend.
I frankly don’t care if every one of those accounts is part of a Russian propaganda plot. That’s not the issue. The issue is two liberal companies cooperating to interfere with the free flow of information.
Who’s to say that BuzzFeed won’t start flagging sites it disagrees with politically? Would Twitter accede to the dictates of BuzzFeed then?
The 45 suspect accounts were uncovered through basic analysis of those that interacted or retweeted accounts cited by Twitter to Congress, yet none of them appeared on the company’s list.
The relative ease of discovery raises serious questions as to just how many Russian-linked bots may still be active on Twitter, how the company identifies and removes such accounts, and whether its process for identifying accounts for its evidence was inadequate.
Until BuzzFeed News approached Twitter on Tuesday afternoon with details of the accounts, they all remained active on the platform, though dormant. But within 24 hours, all 45 had been suspended.
The network of propaganda accounts was identified using a database of 17 million Brexit-related tweets collected by the University of Sheffield. They tweeted predominantly in German, and were primarily focused on jumping on German hashtag games and other trending topics, often inserting negative messages about the German chancellor, Angela Merkel.
However, 20 of the accounts also tweeted about Trump, and 21 about Brexit – with a huge spike of activity on the day of the referendum, 23 June 2016. The tweets about Trump and Brexit were often the only ones the accounts posted in English.
Damian Collins, the Conservative chair of the UK parliament’s culture, media, and sport committee – which is holding an inquiry……
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