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Dr Sarah Taber @SarahTaber_bww
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This is interesting. This account fairly likely to be a bot- number salad after the name, interactions w other bot accounts, & a 50/50 mix of folksy farm observations & Russian talking points.
Usually when I post on political topics, it draws some bot fire. Brett Kavanaugh & removal of UNC's confederate memorial got especially botty.
But for those of you who remember the Great Tractor-Turning Incident- that was a post that got a lot of angry responses from real live humans.

Responses from real live angry humans are very different from bots.
Real live angry humans all have their own take on what you did wrong. It's a very organic, 360° thing.

With bots? It's the same 2-3 talking points. Over and over and over and over and over again.
Bot messaging is like weather. It just rolls in and dumps 2-3 talking points all over, until that campaign is done & they move on to the next thing.
Which is why it was really interesting that for the last week or two, I've been doing a lot of posts on a topic that should be really inflammatory: crackdowns on immigration are probably part of our food safety problem, & good ol' family farmers are complicit in it.
That's the kind of thing you'd expect to get roasted for. But it's been ... crickets.

I get why ag twitter doesn't want to engage on that topic. But it was interesting that not even the farm fandom bots would go there.

Until today?
Check how this account pivoted. I posted about how "jailing people in filthy conditions & throwing them in a meat plant" is a great plan for Salmonella outbreaks.

This account? Pivoted right into a Kremlin talking point (immigrants are scary & illegal).
The interesting part is how this account found that tweet within 30 minutes of it being posted, & actually posted info that's both on-brand & somewhat contextually appropriate. (Account says it's in Rhodes IA, which has a JBS plant 25 min away.)
So on the off chance this is an actual human: kindly get lost sir. You missed the point & have the personality of a white nationalist asset.

And if not, idk, maybe the bots are trying out some new talking points. How exciting!
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