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X : Have you seen #factcheckUK ?
Me : I'm aware of accusations that the Conservative party changed the display name of its social media account to this. Such actions go far beyond propaganda and into disinformation and deception. It questions the values of organisation ...
i.e. it would not be a simple case of spinning news anymore or being economical with the truth. Such an action crosses a line into deliberate deception. No political party should ever cross that line, it's more what you would expect from organised crime.
Unfortunately, it doesn't stop there. The real threat is whether such actions were taken deliberately to cause #outrage. In which case, we're now talking about psychological manipulation and these are crafts of war, not suited to political discourse ...
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Press office account of the party in Govt intentionally changes display name to #FactCheckUK during first #GE2019 debate to mislead.
Actor mocking Tory party's press office account by changing his display name to "Conservative Press Orifice" after the above happened.
Twitter has long since been known for double-standards in applying rules, but this takes the biscuit in a really bad way. /end
PS: and this too:
Author mocking an account that itself is masquerading as something it actually isn’t?
🤯 🤯 🤯 That’s like double-standards on steroids.
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Ex-Tory chairman, Brandon Lewis, currently dying on his arse on @BBCNews attempting to defend the #FactCheckuk/Tory debacle.

"Good morning Mr Lewis, let's start with the top story of the day...."

"I don't agree this should be the top story...."
@BBCNews The Brandon Lewis diaries, a thread....

20/11/2019: 'A bastard of a day'

"This shouldn't be the top story.... the fact we were calling out the facts, highlights the fact that the facts are out there. Nobody has a monopoly on the facts. "



The Brandon Lewis diaries....

20/11/2019: 'A bastard of a day'

2. The Russians.

Erm, I'll just say something about purdah... we can't publish it because of, erm, purdah..... Nobody knows what purdah is. I think.

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We apologise for any misunderstanding caused by the changes to our account last night. It was an honest attempt to mislead people into believing our lies and propaganda.
In the interests of clarification for anyone new to this account, the profile pic and name are temporary for the sole purposes of this tweet. Normal service will be resumed by 'Parody Boris Johnson' soon.
The fact that some people are taking this as a genuine CCHQ tweet blows a hole in James Cleverly’s defence that there was no confusion because the twitter handle didn’t change.
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If you are angered by #FactCheckUK the real villain in the piece is the Conservative *government* which has not implemented the Electoral Commission's June 2018 recommendation to make it a legal requirement to make it clear who is behind an online campaign…
That is the reason @Conservatives can get away with the misleading "Fact check" reskin - there is no law against it. If had been printed material, there would have been a legal requirement for it to say it was from Conservatives. On social, it is possible to mislead - lawfully
This demonstrates clearly that lessons haven't been learned from the Referendum campaign where there was widespread use of bots and misleading ads. No surprise that this particular government has no interest in changing the rules, which are ridiculously out of date
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I am not entirely sure why given all that the Tories have already done, but to me tonight was still a game-changer. Devoid of any morals, standards, or sense of what is right and wrong. Utterly bankrupt and sinister. Yes, we already knew that. Still: this is grim. #FactCheckUK
PS1/2: I’ve figured out now why this shook me so much: this was the most blatant attempt to mislead because it was so easy to spot. All previous attempts of course were spotted by many, but one needed some expert knowledge to really explain why those were issues. Not this time.
PS2/2: Anyone could see it this time, without any knowledge of the content or even the context. That’s why this was even more in your face, even bolder in that sense, disregarding the most basic norms of discourse. It marks an even further descent into the cesspit of populism.
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Live on @Newsnight Tory party co-chairman, James ‘not so’ Cleverly, has cleared up the ‘Cons - FactCheck’ scandal.... he tells @maitlis it was his responsibility.

Watch and suffer... #FactCheckuk #ToryLiars #GE2019

We'll just leave this here...
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