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Meet @Sir_Max, a proudly automated member of the Oathkeepers with 610K tweets and 7824 followers at the time of this writing. Max's interests include @wikileaks, duplicated tweets, and more duplicated tweets.

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We analyzed @Sir_Max's tweets from January 1st, 2016 through the present day. Almost all tweets are automated via either IFTTT or Wordpress. It demonstrates some slightly more elaborate crossposting and tweet cloning behaviors than many of the bots we've seen. . .
8727 of 44094 tweets (19.8%) posted by @Sir_Max since the beginning of 2016 originate on Reddit's /r/wikileaks. From there they are copied to @Sir_Max's wordpress blog (which appears to be automated), and then copied again to the Twitter account.
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Twitter released several additional datasets this morning of accounts that were suspended on suspicion of being state-backed disinformation operations. Let's take a look at the additional 418 Russia-aligned accounts first.

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There are 927536 total tweets in this dataset, with some activity as far back as 2010 but the majority of the tweets happening between early 2015 and November 6th, 2018 (US midterm election).
What did these accounts tweet about? The "Trump", "Islam", and "Hillary Clinton" categories are the most prevalent. The #QAnon category has far more activity than in the previously-released IRA dataset (22179 tweets vs 2721).
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Today we'll take a look at accounts that are by and large automated, but likely have a more hands-on human operator than a pure "bot". We have two examples; one on the right, one on the left. Coin flip says look at the right-wing one first.

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First up: @gerfingerpoken. This account is presently tweeting round-the-clock using "SweeterTweet", an automation service that will allow one to "schedule a massive 500 repeating tweets for any day or time" and features a cartoon strawberry (with chocolate) on their website.
Use of SweeterTweet is only the latest incarnation of @gerfingerpoken's automation. Back in 2017, they used a combination of #PJNET and something called smqueue. Despite @gerfingerpoken's protestations, Twitter was correct to flag the account as automated.
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The kremlin being so interested in #StopCommonCore is new info to me.
It shows up in both the NBC dataset and the 538 dataset along with #PJNET.
If @TwitterSafety really wants to stop disinformation from inauthentic accounts any pjnet related accounts is a good starting point.
This is the website they use to organize, it is frequently used to spread #kremlinbots tweets.
patriotjournalist[.]com
a few sample tweets.
these are either known russian accounts re-tweeting the network or directly promoting known russian accounts like @patriototus "Being Patrioi2Q9G4LZTY
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Russia Propaganda on Twitter: I'm making my first quick pass at the 2,973,371 tweets from 2,848 handles verified by Twitter to have come from Russia's Internet Research Agency.
I'd like to thank Clemson University professors Darren Linvill @DarrenLinvill and Patrick Warren @plwarre for compiling the data, and @FiveThirtyEight for making it available to people like me. fivethirtyeight.com/features/why-w…
My first pass at the nearly 3 million tweets was to look for those that reference Cliven Bundy and his family by searching for "bundy." I weeded out Ted, Ryan, Al, and others with the same name.
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Interesting suggestion. Let's take a look.
We downloaded tweets going back to July 2015 containing the hashtag #IStandWithIsrael. There are several spikes, including two in mid-2016. Let's focus on those.
Restricting the time range to tweets between 5/1 and 9/1/2016 leaves 25404 unique tweets (73373 including retweets) from 989 accounts. Of the 20 that received the largest number of RTs, 14 have #PJNET in their profiles.
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Posting some info on #Russian “Internet Research Agency” "Troll Farm" "Troll Factory" social media group "instotus"
instotus operated on at least twitter and instagram, i haven't found a facebook page yet.
@ininstagram.com/instotusr account
https:/t;---former IG https://t.co/l3refm4yGF
they helped promote this event cnn.com/2017/10/05/pol…
for some reason the twitter account got kind of overlooked, there are only 3 tweets in the NBC database.
And there is no archive of the accounts twitter on .IS or .Org
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A Tale of an Alpaca Bot
Meet @BakedAlpacas. As the ones responsible for bringing him into being, we can say with 100% certainty that this Twitter account is a bot.
The concept of the bot is simple. He began as a parody of Baked Alaska's tweets - key words and phrases in the tweets are replaced with other words and phrases, mostly involving alpacas. Over time, tweets from additional accounts such as @AnnCoulter and @JackPosobiec were added.
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Twitter deleted Russian troll tweets. So we published more than 200,000 of them. nbcnews.com/tech/social-me… via @nbcnews @oneunderscore__ @cjcmichel @donie @shelbyholliday
told everyone they were backing Ted Cruz before Trump
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"#ChuckAndNancy" #LimousineLiberals #Politics -- #DemExit #EPluribusUnum

Genevieve Wood: Schumer Shutdown Makes Clear Democrats’ Real Priorities
dailysignal.com/2018/01/21/sch…

#SchumerShutdown | #tcot #PJNET
#LimousineLiberals #Soros #SJW #Antifa #LiberalFascism -- #DemExit #EPluribusUnum

Antifa Member in Custody After Hospitalizing 56 Year Old Outside ‘Night For Freedom’ Event
breitbart.com/tech/2018/01/2…
| #tcot #PJNET
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Dems have really put themselves in a tough spot with this shutdown. The overwhelming majority in the country do not want to see a government shutdown for resolving DACA....
... but the Dem base has been so radicalized that inevitable Dem backtracking will result in tantrums among the base, which is pretty weak in terms of anything binding it together beyond "resist".....
... if the roles were magically switched and I were an immoral Dem I would love to see the "opposition" squirm with a shutdown that went on for a week or two, but that would be if it were purely about politics, and not other things, incl. military....
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Before #Putin told the internet research agency trolls to support #Trump they had a different project:
@tedcruz and the #TeaParty
@tedcruz I could only find info on about 630 of the 2700 accounts but at least 11 of the suspended accounts posted tweets in support of Cruz and the teaparty @garrettheshadow
@DrGregoryWest
@Israel_Wills
@BeautyMercela
@MarkMcGregory
@MicParrish
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well i was going to look into the #Facebook group and #twitter accounts for "Being Patriotic" #Trthedailybeast.com/russians-appea…PvJcCkSPjS
and i did find a recently shut down facebook group webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache…
the old url was facebook.com/patriototus/ and the suspended twitter account is @patriototus
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