They are wrong and here is why. /1
The false core claim: 23%-47% of mentions of anti copyright directive campaign hashtag mentions came from the US. /2
First 14 results are Tweets by @Senficon. Member of the European parliament. Very influential, but definitely not an US account.
There is clearly a problem with the data. /5
In talkwalker it's possible to limit the search to a region. I choose Washington D.C.. /6
Let's check Berlin. What is @Senficon doing here? I thought she was from Washington D.C.. Her German Tweets are shown.
I don't fully understand how it works. /8
That's not proof of „meddeling“. /12
- The document was created by two authors.
- I decided to not name them because the document isn't publicly available yet.
- They are not associated with the EU.
- They are not associated with Talkwalker.
- They are part of a German lobby-group.
I didn't think they would publish it. They even kept the ridiculous population-to-tweets-ratio calculation.
- If an account filled out the location field, they try to match it to a region.
- If the field is empty or can't be matched, they use the language of the Tweet.
- If English it's Washington DC, if German Berlin.
Filtering by Berlin shows accounts with German Tweets but no matchable location info. (Altenbeken probably not in their db)
Filtering by Nordrhein-Westfalen shows accounts with matchable locations.
Washington DC: All accounts with English Tweets, but no proper location.
Virginia: Only accounts with matchable locations.