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Thread about some twitter #bots and #trolls that look very similar to what the #Russian 🇷🇺 bots/trolls did in 2016. These bots seem like #Saudi 🇸🇦 ran accounts. This is the third time I have ran across this network of accounts. Only 115+ accounts this time.
The bots copy pro-Trump and far-right viral tweets word for word.
Here are 2 bots tweeting about Joe Biden and Ukraine. These bots do not seem like spam accounts.
Most of the accounts were created March 2019. They all have very similar stats: creation date, number of tweets, followers, friends.
Some have not bothered to flush out their profiles yet.
More interesting is a small subset of the accounts that look like they are compromised twitter accounts. So these seem like they are accounts that have been stolen or sold and are now being used as bots. I usually don't look at older accounts, but these were created in 2010. 👀
For example Leonard:

Leonard starts his twitter account in 2010 and tweets regular old guy tweets.
Then in 2018 Leonard starts tweeting in arabic 😀
including the #MBSInARGGG hashtag.
Then in 2019 Leonard starts tweeting quotes taken from other twitter accounts.

And about Media Matters running "hit-pieces" on Tucker Carlson??? 🤪

Poor Leonard probably is a bot.
So here are some of the tweets the bots are copying from right wing twitter:

@SpeakerPelosi is drugged.
They are copying Tulsi Gabbard tweets about Putin, Russia, Trump and "nuclear war" lol

One has to wonder why the saudis or russians running twitter bots would do this? (For the record it could be anyone behind these, ask twitter, not me)
Bots copying Scott Adams tweets attacking @GeorgeTakei
Robert Barnes (the covington lawyer guy)
Copying Mike Cernovich and Jack Posobiec tweets word for word:
Copying @NikkiHaley tweets
Spreading far-right conspiracies about @IlhanMN's marriage:
Here is one copying a @prageru tweet, notice it fails to copy over the emoji.
They seem to really like @stclairashley's tweets.
Anyone remember this viral tweet from a while back? I do.

"Can everybody stop calling me a Russian bot for being a hot Trump supporter now"

Turns out there were actual Saudi bots tweeting that. Not just right wing americans.
More Tulsi Gabbard tweets, this time a conspiracy about social media censorship
A Dave Rubin tweet about Mueller and Russia:
Here are a some bots coping @DonaldJTrumpJr's tweets about the Special Counsel investigation.

(Moses isn't a bot, he's just a weirdo)
More tweets about random right wing topics
Bots tweeting "bill clinton is a rapist"
Going to double up here because they are the same dude basically.
Here are some some bots copying, guess who?

Michael Tracey and Glenn Greenwald. Imagine that.
Going to finish up posting some of the screenshots here of what the accounts are copying
The #Beto2020 are interesting
Copying Trump tweets:
The bots like some @DanCrenshawTX tweets
More Greenwald tweets about Mueller
Prison Paul tweets
Tucker Carlson
Sorry i took a lot of screen caps
More Mueller related and Tracey tweets.
Ok enough evidence of what the bots are tweeting. Here is some more info about them. It looks like the last time they all tweeted was July 16th. Unfortunately they sent randomized tweets, so I cannot use the api to get the rest of the accounts.
Most of the accounts follow the same pattern, they start tweeting in arabic, then switch to english. And start copying various right wing accounts tweets.
The bots also have a bug where they mess up the ' symbol and replace it with ƒ??
How do I know they are bots? because generally speaking humans don't all tweet the same quote in a short timespan. But also because their account "stats" are very similar.
So I could always be wrong. And in the interest of transparency I usually post some data. These accounts are a pain in the neck to track down so I don't have many yet, but here is a link to a spreadsheet with the suspect accounts.
Remember that only twitter has access to IP data and can 100% say if an account is botting, I'm just guessing based of what I have seen before. That being said, these accounts will get suspended pretty quick.
2nd set of the bots in this network.
Found June 15th
1000+ accounts.
1st time I found them was in April, 5000 accounts at that time.

Yes. I know I should stop yelling "Russia!" in a crowded room.

They probably are not* russian accounts.


Bots tweeting about "Russian bots" 🤨
These accounts do not retweet very often, out of 10k tweets only a few hundred are retweets.

Here are the main accounts they RT.
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