OCCUPY DEMOCRATS | How The Largest Democrat Supporter Group Is Using Twitter Bots To Promote Anti-Trump/Putin/Russia Propaganda
The irony of this is truly incredible. For more than a year the DNC have been
complaining losing their shit over Russia's alleged use of Twitter bots to help Trump win the 2016 presidential election.
For the last week I've been tracking an army of pro-Clinton Twitter bots. These bots have been tasked with spreading the same heavily biased (and in some cases, straight up fake) news articles from a number of clone websites. So far, I have discovered a total of 7 of these websites, all of which look the same, and all are hosting the exact same articles.
As you can see from the screenshot above the bots are pretty easy to identify. You'll also notice the bots are sharing links that have been shortened using a url shortening service. Below is the list of websites the links take you to.
At the bottom of each of the cloned articles is a message that says, The post ..... appeared first on Washington Press, with is a link to the original article. After clicking through to the Washington Press website, at first glance it looks like any other low budget Wordpress news site. But after reading some of the content it's quickly apparent that the website is filled with extremely biased, over sensationalized, over exaggerated, unverified bullshit. These articles were obviously written by someone, or a group, who harbor a deep hatred for Trump and his party. Below is the link to the original story from the Washington Press website.
A middle school teacher just assaulted a student who chose not to stand for pledge of allegiance | Washington Press - 02/02/2018 - Archive
Now, I haven't actually verified whether this particular story I'm using as an example is fake or not. At the moment I'm simply using it to track back the source of the bots. This particular article was written by a Colin Taylor. In Taylors Twitter bio he states he is the Managing Editor of both Occupy Democrats and washpress_news. (Remember the organization Occupy Democrats as we will be returning to them a little bit later.)
Interestingly, Colin Taylors profile at the bottom of the article on the Washington Press website neglects to mention he has anything to do with Occupy Democrats.
Also at the bottom of the Washington Press article in big red letters is a "Call to Action" link asking people to sign a petition to impeach Trump and Pence.
Clicking on the "Call to Action" link takes you to an unofficial petition page on the OD Action website where you can leave your name and address.
WHO ARE OCCUPY DEMOCRATS?
Occupy Democrats is one of the largest Democrat supporter groups boasting over 7 million Facebook followers, and more than 40,000 Twitter followers. Below is an article from last year profiling the twins that are behind the organization.
How Mexican-American Twins From Miami Created the Liberal Powerhouse Occupy Democrats | Miami New Times - 09/26/2017
Omar Rivero is standing cross-armed in his light-filled Los Angeles pool house, urging one of his employees to finish a meme about the "Republican Hypocrites of the Year," when the news breaks: The president has just signed a memo banning transgender people from the military. "Oh, I hate Donald Trump!" Rivero exclaims after his girlfriend reads the breaking story aloud from a Twitter feed.
BuzzFeed's Silverman estimates they could be making six figures in ad revenues every month. But the site has also been dogged by fact-checkers, sued by a competitor, and mocked by conservatives.
The article goes on to say that even left leaning fact checking websites like Snopes and Politifact have called Occupy Democrats "partisan and unreliable".
OD Action is the newest iteration of the Occupy Democrats movement. OD Action has only been around since the last summer so is still small compared to its parent organization, Occupy Democrats. It seems to me that this latest version of the organization was created in an attempt to try and detach themselves from the fake news label that's been applied to Occupy Democrats by various fact checking parties over it's short life.
A Dangerous Reach
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Facebook seems to be their preferred platform for pushing their propaganda. Across Facebook the Occupy Democrats, OD Action, and the Washington Press have a total of nearly 8.5 million followers. To put this into context the Facebook page of the supposed kings of propaganda, RT News, has only 4.9 million followers. The amount of followers Occupy Democrats have across their social media platforms is dangerous. Here is a comparison of some of the basic Facebook analytics from both RT and Occupy Democrats pages.
With over 10x more engagement than RT this is way beyond hypocrisy. I don't need Twitter, Facebook, or an intel committee hearing to tell me that this is a continuing concerted effort to shape the narrative and to undermine the democratic process. Where is the special senate meeting looking into this? Where is the mainstream media and public outrage? Well, we all know there won't be any because they are all complicit in the greatest psyop the world has ever seen.