Musk makes fun of left-wing research organization over Russiagate allegations
(MENAFN) Elon Musk criticized the Alliance for Security and Democracy (ASD) and its purported "Russian bot dashboard," Hamilton68, for designating Twitter accounts that it disapproved of as allegedly being connected to the Kremlin as assets.
The billionaire demonstrated his thesis with a facsimile of the children's book "Everyone I don't agree with is a Russian Bot," which is about rationalizing political failures in the media and government.
His reaction follows the revelation that the Hamilton68 dashboard purposefully mislabeled the accounts of genuine Americans as "Russian Bots" in internal Twitter exchanges that were released by writer Matt Taibbi on Friday.
The tool's developers had declared that they were keeping tabs on over 600 accounts with apparent links to the Kremlin in order to give the West an accurate picture of Russian "influence operations." Later, several influential Western media sources and even academic journals used Hamilton68 as a source to assert that Russian bots were propagating conspiracy theories, using phrases like "deep state," and using hashtags like #ReleaseTheMemo, #SchumerShutdown, #AlabamaSenateRace, and #ParklandShooting.
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