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So, people are trying to link Sutherland Spring's shooter Devin Patrick Kelley to antifa. Because of course they are.

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Before 6:30pm EST, 4chan/Reddit users were starting to push the claim that Devin Patrick Kelley "is antifa."

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The 1st tweets trying to link #SutherlandSprings shooter Devin Patrick Kelley to antifa appeared approx 6pm EST (Note: 3:04 tweet = PST)

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A few quick notes:
-See how they're replying to news orgs/journalists reporting on Sutherland Springs? Goal = Amplify the false claim.

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See how they're using the same language & making the exact same claims about Devin Patrick Kelley?

Repetition --> more believable.

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Fake news site "YourNewsWire" is #1 URL shared by people trying to falsely link Devin Patrick Kelley to antifa.

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archive.is/w4JLK
A lot of people are sharing a chat log claiming that it shows "antifa" discussing attacking churches. Seems to have come from Jack P.

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Jack posted it 2 days ago. Now it's on YourNewsWire & being spread on multiple social media platforms.

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Note that the chat log says nothing about antifa attacking churches, nor does it even hint at violence. Jack just made it up.

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#Antifa is #3 hashtag on @SecureDemocracy's Russian propaganda tracker. They're trying to tie it to the Texas #churchshooting.

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TBC: By "they," I mean Russian-linked networks.

Funny how they're always so closely aligned w/ Trump fans...

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I wrote this a few months ago, when pro-Trump & Russian-linked networks tried to demonize #Antifa in Berkeley.

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arcdigital.media/how-russian-al…
An aside: YourNewsWire has its own Snopes page (snopes.com/tag/yournewswi…) & rose to prominence pushing pizzagate conspiracy theory.

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Also spread hoaxes abt Las Vegas shooting last month. So this is kind of their thing.

politifact.com/truth-o-meter/…

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Goal = push false narrative about #Antifa/Devin Patrick Kelley into the mainstream. Part of a broader effort to demonize liberalism.

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A lot of people are trying to link Sutherland Springs #churchshooting to "leftist plans for civil war" on Nov 4

Double disinformation!

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You can see here how people are trying to use the false link btw #Antifa & Texas #churchshooting to demonize "the left." Pay attention.

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Also trying to use their false narrative about Texas shooter Devin Patrick Kelley to label #Antifa as a domestic terror group.

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Maybe this guy is kidding. Maybe he's not. I don't know. But I do know that what he's suggesting is undemocratic & un-American.

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