Did you see this story from the state broadcaster?
A CBC/Radio-Canada analysis of 9.6 million tweets from accounts since deleted shows that pipeline and immigration debates in Canada were inflamed by trolls thought to be based in Russia, Iran and Venezuela.
Is the debate in this country about immigrants and pipelines — is it fake? I know Justin Trudeau's right hand man, Gerald Butts, wishes those two huge issues were fake news. Butts was very excited about this CBC report:
Nine million troll tweets released by Twitter? That sounds like a lot.
But immediately, the story is less than it appears:
Twitter trolls linked to suspected foreign influence campaigns stoked controversy over pipelines and immigration in Canada, according to a CBC/Radio-Canada analysis of 9.6 million tweets from accounts since deleted. Roughly 21,600 tweets from those troll accounts directly targeted Canadians — many of them with messages critical of Canadian pipeline projects and tweets that highlighted divisions over Canada's policies on immigration and refugees.
OK, so it’s not 9.6 million tweets. It’s 21,600 tweets.
There are more than 500,000,000 tweets published every single day. And according to this CBC report, over the course of five years, 21,600 tweets, written by foreign trolls, mentioned Canada.
So about ten tweets a day.
TONIGHT I'll also show you what the "discovered" about these pipeline and immigration tweets, and these "trolls," but what's equally important is a look at their methodology:
To isolate tweets targeting Canadians, the CBC searched the tweets for 67 keywords, including the names of public figures (Justin Trudeau, Andrew Scheer, Ezra Levant), places (Toronto, Alberta) and organizations (Kinder Morgan, CBC, NDP), as well as popular hashtags like #cdnpoli, #onpoli, and #polqc.
Wait: My name was one of only three they searched for?
Then they have a chart that shows The Rebel was retweeted 191 times. And I was retweeted 148 times. In five years. Out of 9.6 million tweets.
Frankly, I'm actually a bit upset that over the course of five years, I was only retweeted 148 times or whatever.
But more importantly, this report does not actually tell us anything about foreign influence.
What this does instead is show you Gerald Butts and the CBC’s motives, and mission. They seek to somehow imply that we are foreign trolls, or fake news, and that in fact any liberal problems — pipelines, immigration — are fake, and not real.
Forget unemployed albertans — no-one real cares about pipelines. Forget the urban refugee camps in Toronto, or opinion poll after opinion poll — that’s all fake.
Russian spies told you to think that.
And whatever you do, don’t listen to Ezra Levant?
And whatever you do, don’t watch the number two news source in Canada — The Rebel.
This CBC story itself is fake news.
By the way, the CBC says they got the raw data from Twitter, and gives a link where you can, too.
So I went to the link and filled out the short form asking for it.
And Twitter wrote back to me, denying my request.
It’s almost like Twitter is working with Trudeau...
Mark my words: this is a pretext. We’re the only media they can’t control.
So they'll just get Twitter to do it...
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