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Thread by @ArleBear: ""So let’s coffee talk about: Twitter + Milner + Yandex + SEC + Bots + Alt Left & Alt Right = a perfectly calibrated social media weapon […]" #PrayforMizzou

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"So let’s coffee talk about:

Twitter + Milner + Yandex + SEC + Bots + Alt Left & Alt Right = a perfectly calibrated social media weapon to control & dominate social media.
Worse?
Watching Americans attack other Americans while our enemy laughs at us.

Let’s go back to the start"
"In 2006 @jack came up with the idea of “micro blogging”.
Say as much as you can in 140 characters.
The “original” twitter concept was:
Odeo
Launched at SXSW, personally Iron Cactus brings back a lot of my misspent youth. " techcrunch.com/tag/odeo/
"The concept was simplistic yet genius. I assume that Jack’s concept was similar to the People’s Mic:
The message is simple but effective
This takes us to 2008 when Jack steps down & Evan Williams takes over as acting CEO.
Still with me? I’m actually just getting warmed up"
"From late 2008 to mid 2010 @ew was at the helm. Evan was thought of as a revolutionary thinker, he took twitter mainstream so to speak.
Celebrity Endorsements✅
Paid Advertising✅
But...the REAL money ball was the actual data mining.
Meaning twitter doesn’t need paid users"
"This puts us squarely into 2010.
Twitter was now mainstream, yet Jack & Evan knew they had the makings of a cash cow.
Data. It’s all about the data.
In 2010 Evan & Jack had a break up.
It was like 2 alpha dogs fighting to be the pack leader.
Dick Costolo" techcrunch.com/2010/10/04/twi…
"Costolo brought Silicone Valley, Venture Capital and various investors.
This is ALSO the same time @Twitter relaunched after a rebranding.
This was Costolo’s Statement to Tech Crunch. Focus on the numbers he cites, that will come in handy in 4 tweets"
"Twitter and the Tech Industry really do NOT like their dirty laundry aired. Oh so dirty, Russian filthy dirty.
So we are now into 2011 (<19 mos pre IPO), this is the precise moment Twitter users exploded.
Simply put:
Twitter grew too fast to keep up.
They sold out for profit"
"A LOT of you missed this tiny yet oddly relevant nugget.
In 2012 @Twitter officially inked a deal with...wait..for...it.
Yes of course Yandex" reuters.com/article/us-twi…
"At the time this was equivalent to a giant middle finger salute to @Google
Why? Well duh Yandex is Google’s nemesis.
Here read this Tech Crunch 2/2012 article" techcrunch.com/2012/02/20/yan…
"What I found oddly interesting was in fact Yadex’s press release.
Read it...specifically paragraphs 2-4
But the very last paragraph was somewhat of an aha moment. See the API? (That’s tomorrow’s thread)" yandex.com/company/press_…
"If you are inclined I’d suggest you take a good look at the patents. It gives you an idea of what direction Twitter has been & plans to go.
Here, I ran an open source search for you." patents.justia.com/company/twitter
"And now the moment you’ve been waiting for...
Twitter’s 2013 IPO
It was like popping a ballon only to realize the balloon was a scam.
Here’s a Forbes 2013 IPO Post Mortem. It’s B R U T A L" forbes.com/sites/hershshe…
"What I found interesting is it appears Jay’s Twitter IPO analysis (cited in the Forbes Article) suffered the fact of a Take Down.
Literally it’s gone..." site.warrington.ufl.edu/ritter/?s=Twit…
"We should take a step back to Paradise Papers
Twitter’s spectacularly failed IPO:
🔻Jack got a whole lotta Russian Money Honey🔻
“2 Russian state-owned entities with close ties to Vladimir Putin invested money into Facebook and Twitter through Milner.”" businessinsider.nl/russia-investe…
"So this puts us into 2014.
Twitter grew at such an explosive user rate, that they failed its actual human users.
Russia started beta testing bots in 2014.
They started small.
By 2015 Twitter was & is a wholly owned & operated Russian Cyber weapon"globalvoices.org/2015/04/02/ana…
"In fact a post mortem report showed:
Nov. 11, 2015, after “#PrayforMizzou” started to trend on Twitter in the wake of student protests over racial issues at the University of Missouri

cc @ericgarland @JamesFourM

Read more here:"
kansascity.com/news/local/art…
"I think one factor continues to get overlooked.
So here I put the data in a red box.
This is Twitter’s 2013 SEC filing" sec.gov/Archives/edgar…
"Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing @KamalaHarris asked about their SEC filings?
10K & S8 forms
Twitter’s financials are linked to actual accounts, the more users the more profitable they are.

🔻Take a look🔻"
nasdaq.com/symbol/twtr/se…
"So the point is, Twitter is NOT an American Company. They are owned literally and figuratively by Russia.
Users like myself are pretty much on our own.
Twitter knows there’s a bot problem but the won’t address the bots because Twitter has monetized it.
/fin"
🐾❄️💛
"The @TheGardianNews published this incredible article re: Twitter & Russia in Nov 2017.
It’s worthwhile to read it again." theguardian.com/news/2017/nov/…
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