Hamilton 68 was one of a long list of efforts to fight “disinformation” by classifying conservatives as Russian bots. For a while virtually any conservative trend could be suppressed by being accused of having been manufactured by Russian bots.
The purported Russian activity involves the hashtag #ReleaseTheMemo, a reference to a secret congressional report about President Donald Trump’s allegations that he was wiretapped by the Obama administration. A group that tracks Russian-linked social media influence campaigns says the volume of Russian-related #ReleaseTheMemo traffic represents the most coordinated such effort since their website launched in early August.
“I’ve never seen any single hashtag that has had this amount of activity behind it,” said Bret Schafer, an analyst who helps runs the Hamilton 68 dashboard , a project with the Alliance for Securing Democracy at the German Marshall Fund. It tracks about 600 accounts that it says are tied to Russian-sponsored influence and disinformation campaigns; most of those accounts were promoting the same meme Friday.
The latest TwitterFiles reveal shows that Twitter’s people were well aware that the Hamilton 68 claims were nonsense. And the list of people that Hamilton 68 was targeting conservatives for censorship.
Including the Freedom Center’s David Horowitz.
Hamilton 68 was about as murky as it gets. It was operating under the umbrella of the Alliance for Securing Democracy, which is run by lefty foreign affairs types and supposedly dedicated to fighting Russia, which is housed in the German Marshal Fund, originally funded by a grant from the German government, heavily taken over by Russia.
That Hamilton 68 was nonsense was obvious to anyone outside the mainstream media and the D.C. cocktail party circuit. It was indeed even obvious to Twitter’s people, they just kept quiet about it and kept on censoring.
Disinformation was just a buzz word used to make silencing conservatives seem sophisticated and technical.
David Horowitz, as a leading figure in the fight against the Left, would have been a natural target for censorship in what was ultimately another leftist project for silencing its opponents.
Disinformation has never been anything other than a censorship pretext. But the choice of whom to censor also tells us whom the Left feared.
Algorithmic Analyst says
That also shows how dumb intelligence reports can be.
Jeff Bargholz says
Yeah, what a misnomer, right?
Algorithmic Analyst says
Yeah, you made me realize, there’s a big topic there, police reports, intelligence reports, battlefield reports …
Una Salus says
This Russian bot thing is so preposterous it only works because of the fifth column in the GOP which is only too happy about it. Where does chasing our tails get us?
When a Lefty like you says “It is obvious that…,” what’s really obvious is that you have no argument to make. Horowitz has been attacking the Left for more than 40 years now as you would know if you’d read any of his books – or even paid attention to the content here on FPM.
Also, you don’t know what “alt-right” means. Paul Gottfried, who coined the term, intended it to signify an alternative to “Neo-conservative,” itself a rather confusing appellation that should be replaced with “Establishment Republican”. But it was quickly hijacked by pseudo-conservatives like David French to smear Trump supporters as some sort of neo-Nazis and by know-nothings such as yourself to smear genuine conservatives (those dedicated to freedom).
No thanks are necessary for the education I’ve just given you, but cash will be accepted.
Spurwing Plover says
Both the Nazis and the Commies are big fans of censorship its always been their way of surpassing the truth
Steve Merrill says
Censorship is in the eye of the beholder. Almost everyone thinks children shouldn’t be exposed to graphic sex scenes, except pedophiles. Leftist minority think exposing children to porn fine, but exposing anyone to anything they disagree with evil and must be expunged from everywhere.