February 19, 2019

CBC lies about threat of Twitter trolls to justify censoring social media

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

On last night's episode of The Ezra Levant Show, I reported on the CBC exaggerating the threat posed by Twitter trolls to justify massive government intervention in social media.

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.

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.

This CBC story itself is fake news.

But it is fake news with a purpose — to justify the massive government intervention in social media.

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commented 2019-02-20 09:23:21 -0500
Like a lot of government offices, there is too much idle time. This is the responsibility of law enforcement. Anther reason I don’t watch government news.
commented 2019-02-19 14:43:28 -0500
The CBC lying about nonexistent threats is about the same calibre as those trying to do that here on these threads… The CBC has no credibility so why should these people either because they do the same things so they should expect the same treatment.!!
commented 2019-02-19 13:01:30 -0500
Ron,
First and foremost, I’m not allowed to have my wheels pointed in the same direction. It stems back from my Sun News days and after a lot of duress, a little explaining and a few years in purgatory… plus a fair amount of brain damage, psychological & emotional trauma, I’ve actually settled down.
I believe in democracy, full stop. That being said, the only thing that can take out Trudeau and BUTTHEAD is the Chinese at this point.
That could be political suicide for Canada. But not with the proper motivation.
Good luck!