CNN on Friday reported that Russian-connected bots are spreading pro-gun messages on Twitter following Wednesday’s school shooting in Parkland, Fla., in an effort to “sow discord.”
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 https://t.co/67K6UIZzcJ pic.twitter.com/uDqCWQp4lo
— CNN (@CNN) February 17, 2018
Um, says who? Says the Alliance for Securing Democracy, that’s who. CNN reports:
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 its 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.
Russian bots … is there anything they can’t do?
You people are beyond nuts. 😵 https://t.co/xxAxqOCRSf
— Warped Willie (@WarpedWillie) February 17, 2018
Big If True!
“Russian Bots Wrote 2nd Amendment.”https://t.co/31vFlHMtPc
— Adam Baldwin (@AdamBaldwin) February 17, 2018
You guys are a parody of your former selves. https://t.co/elwtizZx46
— Kerry Smyth (@SmythRadio) February 17, 2018
— Robert Mueller is a Swamp Monster (@kmskinny) February 17, 2018
— BIG PODESTA (@bigpodesta) February 17, 2018
"Monitoring groups"? Don't trust CNN or "monitoring groups" to tell us the truth.
— Lori G (@life_is_goodQ) February 17, 2018
Key quote in the article, "The group does not disclose which accounts it tracks and CNN has not independently verified its findings." Sources longer have to vet sources to present "facts" to millions of people. https://t.co/8kF8QkL3J5
— Brandon (@_Brandon11_) February 17, 2018
— Just me (@Daveinlv) February 17, 2018
Are any reliable news agencies confirming this?
— Steve Casey (@mrcaseyman) February 17, 2018
Everything on social media now that doesn't toe the liberal line is going to be blamed on "Russian bots" https://t.co/wspXoexW7z
— Doug Powers (@ThePowersThatBe) February 17, 2018
— MacroAggressions (@DenierNyc) February 17, 2018
Everyone is a bot now…. https://t.co/vXvJtE6p6a
— Random Mark (@Random_R_Mark) February 17, 2018
The thing about The New Red Scare is that it's self-sustaining. The paranoia is over exceedingly minor things. (Twitter bots? That's the power of the Russian Empire? Twitter bots?)
— AgainstTrumpDude (@TheAmishDude) February 17, 2018
Now that they've worn out slur words like racist, sexist, etc, the only political tactic the left has is to accuse everyone of helping "the Russians". It's pathetic. https://t.co/TrW4yJG1ki
— William McGimpsey (@WillMcGimpsey) February 17, 2018
— Proud Boy DTLA (@ProudBoysDTLA) February 17, 2018
And… it's russians again. holy shit this is gone beyond pathetic now 🙄 https://t.co/bT9o4nf3eY
— Spectre (@spectre_88) February 17, 2018
— ✨Dixie Darling✨ (@DixieDarling6) February 17, 2018
Lol…"sow discord" is their new favorite term since "collusion" is dead.
Russians supposedly "sowing discord", or maybe Americans have genuine grievances: https://t.co/yLFOA0U8Fw
— Red Pill Philosophy (@RedPillTweets) February 17, 2018
"You don't agree with me. You must not be real and your opinion sows discord."
Yeah okay, @CNN. 🙄
— Add your name (@corrcomm) February 17, 2018
— The Left Ruins Everything (@TheLeftRuins) February 17, 2018