‘Bullsh*t’: Conservatives ‘Falsely’ Labeled Russian Bots; Media Fell For It

  • A prominent digital dashboard that claimed to track “Russian influence activities” on Twitter falsely accused hundreds of right-leaning users of being Russian bots, new documents show.
  • The Hamilton 68 digital dashboard, run by former FBI Agent Clint Watts, created a list of Twitter accounts it alleged were part of a Russian influence operation. Twitter executives did not find evidence of Hamilton 68’s claims and wanted to push back against the allegations, according to private communications released by veteran journalist Matt Taibbi in the latest “Twitter Files” report.
  • “I think we need to just call this out on the bullshit it is,” former Twitter Head of Trust and Safety Yoel Roth told colleagues in an October 2017 email about Hamilton 68’s account list.
  • Roth warned colleagues in a Jan. 2018 email that “the Hamilton dashboard ‘falsely accuses a bunch of legitimate right-leaning accounts of being Russian bots,’” according to Tabbi.
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