We all know Twitter won't properly police their site because the Russians own a big piece of it.
So what if we're unsure of someone's identity or loyalties?
Bad hats often have sock-puppet accounts. They also impersonate former Twitter accounts, like Broadsword6.
Who can we trust? I have three tips.
Parroting Kremlin talking points can mean the person is coming to you from St. Petersburg, or that they've been fooled. So ask yourself: Does the person listen to reason? Kremlin employees like to keep the argument going.
-advocating more extreme views/pushing you toward the fringe
-suddenly losing interest in the discussion and never returning
-posting prefabricated statements (bad English, nonspecific insults, arguments that don't quite fit what you just said)
That's all I got for tonight; feel free to add your tips here.
You can search any name along with the hashtag #treasonweasel to find them on my handy list (which also is my pinned tweet). This applies to media outlets & people, politicians, and other well-known figures like Roseanne.
-CIA bad [Accusing them of stuff works especially well because they can't deny or counter it]
-People are irrationally afraid of Russia
-Russia is EXTREMELY put-upon
-Democracy doesn't really work
-Votes/Elections are rife with hacking and cheating
-There's no justice
-Economic inequality exists
-Social divisions are huge and unfixable
-Journalism is compromised
-You should be upset about all these things
Look out for:
Anyone doxxing or retweeting doxxes, especially trolls that dox
Anyone posting private info of a private, non-malicious account (even if politically disagreeable to some)
False grifting claims and other false claims. It's not hard for individuals to verify, and strange if people repeat such claims without verifying.
You may have been blocked for other reasons. People's accounts are reportedly being hacked and blocks they never made being added. The hackers often brag about their injections." /end
-United Nations bad [h/t dominique6138]
-Comey ruined Hillary's chances (not Russia 🙄)
-Refusing to let go of ancient history
-Using blocklists as excuses to cause trouble
-Kvetching about old misunderstandings that got settled months ago
-Tattling, playground style. Don't come and tell *me* if Johnny said this or that about Susie.
WARNING: Nobody involved is necessarily a bad guy. Looking back, I think PeResists just said something they could use.