49 Russian Twitter Trolls Sent Just 942 Tweets During Referendum

Over in Washington, Twitter’s Nick Pickles has told grandstanding Damian Collins and his Culture, Media and Sport select committee that the company detected just 49 accounts linked to a Russian “troll factory”, which sent out a mere 942 tweets during the EU referendum. This is 0.005% of the total number of accounts that tweeted about the referendum. Earlier Collins lost it with Facebook’s representative for denying there was any Russian intervention, snapping: “But you haven’t looked! You haven’t looked!”, and even implying Facebook was lucky not to be “closed down” and its executives “face prosecution. Almost as if Collins is an arch-Remainer using his position to push the Russia / Brexit conspiracy theory, even when the tech companies themselves say it’s a load of nonsense…

mdi-timer 8 February 2018 @ 17:15 8 Feb 2018 @ 17:15 mdi-comment Comments
Jeremy Hunt v Donald Trump

President Trump tweets criticising the NHS:

Jeremy Hunt hits back:

Worth noting that Tory MPs and advisers are now openly talking about a Royal Commission on the future of the NHS…

mdi-timer 5 February 2018 @ 13:29 5 Feb 2018 @ 13:29 mdi-comment Comments
Credit Where Credit’s Due

Theresa May has been claiming credit on Twitter for the new ban on credit card charges, even tweeting out this handy graphic about how “we” are responsible:

The ban is actually an EU-wide directive that has been imposed on the UK government. Nothing to do with Theresa May or the Tories.

We’ve fixed your graphic for you…

mdi-timer 15 January 2018 @ 16:38 15 Jan 2018 @ 16:38 mdi-comment Comments
Top Ten Sweary MPs

According to the geeks at PoliMonitor Jess Phillips is the most foul-mouthed MP on Twitter:

  1. Jess Phillips (Labour) 39
  2. Angus MacNeil (SNP) 28
  3. Mike Gapes (Labour) 16
  4. Jonathan Reynolds (Labour) 12
  5. Dr Philippa Witford (SNP) 9
  6. Andrew Gwynne (Labour) 9
  7. Dawn Butler (Labour) 9
  8. Chris Bryant (Labour) 8
  9. Stella Creasy (Labour) 7
  10. Robert Syms (Conservative) 7

The SNP manage disproportionately to get 2 entries into the top 10, Robert Syms holds up the Tory end (just) in tenth place behind everyone’s favourite bit of posh profanity, Stella Creasy. The LibDems are nowhere to be seen. What does this tell us?

mdi-timer 22 December 2017 @ 15:33 22 Dec 2017 @ 15:33 mdi-comment Comments
Stella’s Fake News

There has been a lot of political controversy about Twitter bots spreading fake news. Guido found another example of one yesterday. The government is actually planning to spend £127 billion on the NHS. Which is a lot more than the £3 billion being put aside for Brexit preparations. Stella is fake news….

mdi-timer 23 November 2017 @ 09:37 23 Nov 2017 @ 09:37 mdi-comment Comments
Trump Account Deleted By Employee on Last Day at Twitter

He was offline for 11 minutes…

mdi-timer 3 November 2017 @ 07:24 3 Nov 2017 @ 07:24 mdi-comment Comments
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