Busy tweeting this morning, with so much to comment about. NBC reported on the email account linked to propelling the Covington boys and the Native American man incident to go viral. Buried down at paragraph 11, there’s this bit of information:
“On Wednesday afternoon, @2020fight deleted her Twitter account, seemingly after Twitter lifted her suspension. (Suspended accounts cannot be deleted.)”
Why on earth would Twitter lift the suspension on this account at the center of the controversy? If the account was actually an account in the San Francisco bay area, was it connected with some partisan political operation? Shouldn’t the intent be to preserve an account with so many questions about it and even Democratic Senator Warner asking Twitter for more information about that account yesterday?. Check out paragraph 2, which exonerates the account holder of any malign intentions:
“But it appears that the account, @2020fight, was run not by a foreign operative trying to fan America’s political divisions but rather by a woman who described herself as a San Francisco Bay Area teacher and advocated liberal causes — and, to all appearances, did not expect to find herself at the center of a media firestorm.”
If the video wasn’t the result of foreign info operators, was it the result of domestic partisan info operators? Starting to smell like the Dems corrupt Moore Alabama type operations might be a widespread Dem social media operation.
So, many questions…
Added Comment: January 25, 2019, 11:44 am, The vague weasel words the media uses always cause my spin antennae to twitch. In the 2nd paragraph, it begins, “but it appears” and ends with “and, to all appearances”. No one states whether those conducting the investigation into the account had any conversation or communication with the account holder(s).
The account triggered suspicions, because of the profile stating it was a CA school teacher, but the profile picture was a Brazilian blogger. The CNN article quoted Rob McDonagh, an assistant editor at Storyful:
“McDonagh said he found the account suspicious due to its “high follower count, highly polarized and yet inconsistent political messaging, the unusually high rate of tweets, and the use of someone else’s image in the profile photo.””
What exactly does “highly polarized and yet inconsistent political messaging,” mean? Was it political messaging playing to (targeting) different political factions? So, we don’t know what the messaging in the deleted account, with a very high rate of tweets, which was crucial to propelling the Covington student/Nathan Phillips video to go viral, actually contained. We need more information about what McDonagh meant by “inconsistent political messaging”.