Tag Archives: trolls

#TwitterLockOut: Right Wing Extremists Freak Out After Twitter Purges Thousands Of Russian Bot Accounts

Gizmodo reports: Twitter suspended thousands of accounts overnight and conservatives on the platform aren’t happy about it. Twitter has yet to make a public statement about the issue, but right-wing users believe that they’re being targeted in a mass purge of suspected Russian bot accounts. Conservative Twitter has even started a hashtag called #TwitterLockOut to talk about the purge, with ...

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Russian Bot Army Pounces On Gun Control Debate

The New York Times reports: One hour after news broke about the school shooting in Florida last week, Twitter accounts suspected of having links to Russia released hundreds of posts taking up the gun control debate.  “This is pretty typical for them, to hop on breaking news like this,” said Jonathon Morgan, chief executive of New Knowledge, a company that ...

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Homocon Jim Hoft, Chuck C. Johnson, Paul Nehlen, And Others Sued For Falsely Naming Teen As Killer Driver

Snopes reports: Three disreputable web sites including GotNews.com, FreedomDaily.com and GatewayPundit.com have been named in a federal lawsuit accusing them of defamation for allegedly falsely naming an innocent teenager as the driver who rammed into and killed a counter demonstrator at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017. Jerome Vangheluwe and his 16-year-old-son Joel had to flee ...

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Far-Right Troll Cernovich: I Might Run For Congress

The Los Angeles Times reports: Far-right Pizzagate activist and blogger Mike Cernovich said Thursday he’s thinking about running for Congress in California this year. “It’s looking like a real possibility,” he tweeted to his more than 400,000 followers without revealing which district he might be considering. Cernovich lives in Laguna Niguel, within the coastal Orange County district that belongs to ...

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Far-Right Troll Mike Cernovich Bids $500K For Gawker

Vanity Fair reports: PayPal co-founder and Gawker nemesis Peter Thiel isn’t the only one eyeing the final remains of Nick Denton’s gossipy, sometimes groundbreaking media empire. Mike Cernovich, the right-wing lifestyle guru and self-proclaimed journalist, is offering $500,000 in cash for Gawker’s assets, according to a copy of the offer letter obtained by the Hive. “For the past eighteen months ...

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Cops Investigate After Far-Right Trolls Promote Forged Doc Claiming Sexual Harassment By Chuck Schumer

Media Matters reports: Right-wing media trolls Mike Cernovich and Chuck Johnson promoted a forged document that accused Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) of sexually harassing a former staffer, then quickly walked back their claims when the document was reported to police as a forgery. In a now-deleted tweet, far-right Twitter troll Mike Cernovich promoted claims by Chuck C. Johnson, ...

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Russian Troll Factory Made Fake Hillary Sex Tape

According to a worker at a Kremlin-backed troll factory, last year they put together a fake sex tape starring a black man and a Hillary lookalike. The tape was apparently never posted because the trolls decided that even the craziest far-right Americans wouldn’t believe it. The Daily Beast reports: Alan Baskaev worked for the troll factory, also known as the ...

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Trump Staffers Promoted Russian Twitter Trolls

The Daily Beast reports: Some of the Trump campaign’s most prominent names and supporters, including Trump’s campaign manager, digital director, and son, pushed tweets from professional trolls paid by the Russian government in the heat of the 2016 election campaign. The Twitter account @Ten_GOP, which called itself the “Unofficial Twitter account of Tennessee Republicans,” was operated from the Kremlin-backed “Russian ...

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Roy Moore Gains 20K Twitter Followers…From Russia

The Washington Examiner reports: Judge Roy Moore is a big deal in Alabama — and also, apparently, in Russia. A swarm of Russian Twitter bots has suddenly followed the Republican front-runner in the special Alabama senate race, helping to increase his social media audience from about 27,000 followers on Friday to 47,000 on Monday. But don’t call him Russian Roy ...

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Pizzagate Troll Retweeted By Trump Revealed As Navy Reserve Officer With Suspended Security Clearance

NBC News reports: A right-wing activist who brought attention to debunked conspiracy theories — and who gained new prominence when he was retweeted by President Donald Trump this week — is a U.S. naval intelligence officer detailed to a reserve unit, Navy service records show. John Michael Posobiec III’s security clearance is currently suspended, according to a U.S. official, who ...

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Homocon Troll Milo: I’m Suing Simon & Schuster For $10 Million And Self-Publishing My Book [VIDEO]

Making his entrance flanked by shirtless bodybuilders and with a giant yellow snake draped across his shoulders, last night homocon troll Milo Yiannopoulos told a Miami party crowd that he’s suing Simon & Schuster for $10 million over the cancellation of his book. Watch below beginning at the 59-minute mark. According to Milo, he suing to “send them a message ...

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Brian Sims Serves Lesson To Abusive Facebook Troll, Has Phone Call With His “Disappointed” Grandmother

Pennsylvania state Rep. Brian Sims has served some rather delicious revenge on a Facebook troll. Slowly Boiled Frog reports: Earlier in the week, some nitwit (first name David) wrote “Nigger Faggot” on Sims’ Facebook page. Sims responded: “David, I can’t tell if you’re just a really dumb little boy or an angry bigot but I know for sure that you ...

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Trump’s Racist Troll Army Revolts Over Syria Strike

Politico reports: The fractured elements of what was once called the alt-right were unified once more on Thursday night in condemning Donald Trump’s airstrike in Syria as a mistake. Or as Milo Yiannopoulos put it, “FAKE and GAY.” This loose confederation of web-savvy, anti-establishment right-wingers formed an important vanguard of Trump’s online support in last year’s election, and its unified ...

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Breitbart Mocks Sites That Didn’t Do Post-Debate Polls Because Of Cheating By “Enthusiastic” Trump Fans

In a post which freely admits that Trump trolls rigged earlier online polls, today Breitbart mocks the news sites that declined to do post-debate polls last night because Trump trolls rigged the first ones. They write: Everyone knows online polls don’t reflect the electorate. But what they do reflect is the dedication and enthusiasm of a candidates’ online supporters. Both ...

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REPORT: Homocon Milo Works To Buy Troll Site 4Chan

Via the Hollywood Reporter: Milo Yiannopoulos, an alt-right hero known for his banishment from Twitter, is preparing a bid to acquire his own social media firm: 4chan. Launched in 2003, 4chan is an imageboard Internet site that allows users to post anonymously. Its roots were in anime and manga, though it has evolved into much more and has facilitated some ...

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The Advocate Reports On Trolling And JMG

Advocate executive editor Neal Broverman interviewed me recently and today published his story about this here website thingy, our commenting community, and how we deal with the growing troll problem that has forced some sites to do away with commenting entirely. Hit the link to read my kind words about you. This is also a good opportunity to suggest that ...

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Coca-Cola Takes On Internet Haters With Super Bowl Ad Starring Michael Sam

Via AdWeek: If you’ve spent more than three seconds on the Internet, you know it can be a pretty horrible place, swarming with cyberbullies and trolls who’ve turned comment sections into rotting hate-fests and people’s own personal social pages into sources of despair. Coca-Cola hopes to change all that—or at least, steer things in a different direction—with its 2015 Super ...

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Headlines Of The Day

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Headline Of The Day

Via Policy Mic: In his new book, Murdoch’s World: The Last of the Old Media Empires, NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik has revealed that Fox News’ public relations department spent years aggressively patrolling the comments sections of blog posts about the network, and responding to criticism (and even neutral statements) from fake accounts. According to Folkenflik, Fox staffers each maintained ...

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HuffPo Ends Anonymous Commenting

(Tipped by JMG reader Ray)

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