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Old 02-16-2018, 12:37 PM  
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Russian bots promote pro-gun messages after Florida school shooting

Russia-linked bots are promoting pro-gun messages on Twitter in an attempt to sow discord in the aftermath of the Florida school shooting, monitoring groups say.

Hashtags, topics, and URLs related to the shooting overwhelmingly feature in the tweets pushed by these automated Twitter accounts in the past 48 hours, according to Hamilton 68, a tool launched by the Alliance for Securing Democracy to track what it describes as "Russian propaganda and disinformation efforts online."

The Alliance is a group housed at The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) think tank to "defend against, deter, and raise the costs on Russian and other actors' efforts to undermine democracy and democratic institutions," according to their mission statement.

The group does not disclose which accounts it tracks and CNN has not independently verified its findings.
Among the hashtags and topics related to the shooting are #falseflag, #fbi, #gunreformnow, #fbigate, #parklandschoolshooting, the name of the shooter -- Nikolas Cruz -- and Florida.

Another bot-tracking website, Botcheck.me, reports that all but one of the top two-word phrases used in the past 24 hours by 1,500 political propaganda bots were connected to the shooting: "gun control," "Nikolas Cruz," "school shooting," "school shooter" and "fake news." The exception was "President Trump."

Hashtags calling for gun reform and gun control are also topping the list. Unlike Hamilton 68, which targets bots related to the Russian government, Botcheck.me tracks accounts that generally spread political propaganda.

Cybersecurity and media experts are not surprised that trolls and bots are leveraging the Florida school shooting to cause divisions.

"This pattern of divisive propaganda is becoming a staple in information warfare fueled by social media, but it isn't exactly new," Marco T. Bastos, researcher at City, University of London and co-author of a paper on a network of pro-Brexit bots, told CNN. "Similar campaigns can be traced to at least 2014."

In 2014-15, a large number of accounts controlled by Russian quasi-state units were mostly focusing on reinforcing domestic opinions, according to Christo Grozev, senior researcher at New Bulgarian University's Risk Management Lab and an author at investigations website Bellingcat.

Grozev has been tracking approximately 400 Twitter "troll" accounts that were disclosed as part of a Russian leak in 2014.

The "identities" of the accounts have changed over time. Currently they contain a mix of French and Spanish/Catalan identities, suggesting they had been repurposed as needed, Grozev said.

The reason why these accounts seize on shootings like the Parkland school one is not ideological, but to amplify "extreme and divisive causes" in a bid to create "a distracted and weakened US government," Grozev said.

"Gun control is simply one of those causes," he said. "It is not in any way an ideological preference for Russia to have less gun control in the US. It is, however, the perfect divisive cause."

If the intent is not ideological but to sow discord in American society, that could help explain why Russian-related bots are spreading hashtags calling for gun control laws and reforms.

"Such hashtags serve mostly as bait: they serve to attract 'opposing view' readers, which results in explosive and discordant online mutual shouting -- in place of any reasonable debate, which would not be in the interest of Russia," Grozev said.

https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/16/us/russian-bots-florida-shooting-intl/index.html
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Old 02-16-2018, 12:39 PM   #2
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I think WikiLeaks showing the high amount of bot activity of anti-Trumpers on social media is more to worry about.

T-Post Tom has fallen for so much Fake News about Russians. I think was one who believed Crowd Strikes fake claims, when they worked for the DNC.
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Old 02-16-2018, 01:15 PM   #3
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I think WikiLeaks showing the high amount of bot activity of anti-Trumpers on social media is more to worry about.

T-Post Tom has fallen for so much Fake News about Russians. I think was one who believed Crowd Strikes fake claims, when they worked for the DNC.
Not sure what part of that story you find to be fake, but I love the quintessential BEP response. Titanic tin hat nutty. Please don't change...I love you just the way you are.


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Old 02-16-2018, 01:16 PM   #4
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I'm so afraid of Russian bots, I can't even leave my house anymore. What if a Russian bot influenced my bus driver, and he crashes as part of a conspiracy to harm our confidence in transportation? It could happen
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Old 02-16-2018, 01:22 PM   #5
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Old 02-16-2018, 01:24 PM   #6
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Old 02-16-2018, 01:24 PM   #7
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Old 02-16-2018, 01:33 PM   #8
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I can remember reading right here on CP that Patteau and IowaHawkeyeChiefs are both Russian bots, and I'm not joking. I have read that right here. I don't remember who the accuser was in both occasions,maybe they will tell us, but it doesn't matter. You want to talk about tinfoil hats, dear lord I'm kinda disappointed nobody has accused me. I have been a firm believer in the Russiagate is nonsense from the very beginning, check it out

How many pounds of lead based paint chips do you have to consume to believe this crap? That's a serious question BTW
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Old 02-16-2018, 01:44 PM   #12
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German Marshall Fund of the United States; Alliance for Securing Democracy; New Bulgarian University's Risk Management Lab...not sure I'd put any of those sources on the Left.
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Stop being dumb by relying on social media to find your moral or political center. ****.
Keep in mind we have a whole generation alive right now who apparently thought or still thinks eating Tide Pods is a good idea.

We are ripe for the picking in many ways.
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