Anti-Muslim online surges driven by fake accounts

A global network of anti-Muslim activists is using Twitter bots, fake news and the manipulation of images to influence political discourse, new analysis reveals.

It’s a vast right wing conspiracy!

  • Observer

    What? The Guardian didn’t blame Israel for the World’s woes as usual?

    • Watchman

      I’m sure that was in there but the editor ran out of space and had to cut that.

  • ontario john

    I blame Hitler Harper, global warming, and of course the Jews.

  • Watchman

    So much stupid in that article; to debunk it would take pages. Here’s just one paragraph: “The study also accuses Breitbart, run by Donald Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon, of spreading fake news, stating that “its reporting on Islam and Muslims is largely indistinguishable from the anti-Muslim movement’s rhetoric or even that of the far right”.”
    By that reasoning, if both “The Guardian” and The Daily Stormer both carried weather forecasts for the day, the Guardian should be writing articles containing things like, “We need to point out that The Guardian’s weather forecast is largely indistinguishable from the The Daily Stormer’s weather forecast, a site run by neo-Nazis. We say this because we believe there is a strong ideological association between the two by the same information appearing on both web sites and we want you to make the same conclusion yourself without us having any proof (nor education in logic and reasoning).”

  • simus1

    The only totally reality based feature within the guardian is the constant begging.

    • And I do not feel a need to pay for PC BS.

  • Watchman

    So much stupid in that article; to debunk it would take pages. Here’s just one paragraph:

    The Gates of Vienna counter-jihadist blog, described by critics as a training manual for anti-Muslim paramilitaries, also doubled in visitors per month during the same period.

    That’s it. No evidence. Just putting in that unsupported allegation of unnamed critics. The Gates of Vienna can be read and searched and is a aggregation blog of other news sources with the occasional custom article. I could see no evidence of any paramilitary organisation on the blog, no ranks, no discussion of military action, in fact there seems to be less evidence of planned violence than an Antifa web site (but that sets a low bar, I know).

    If this type of article writing is acceptable, then we could write things like, “The Guardian counter civilisation blog, described by critics as a training manual for Marxist and Eco-warrior paramilitaries, continues to lose tens of millions of pounds each year leading to its critics speculating that it only continues to run only because it’s an ideological platform for Communists.”

  • Norman_In_New_York

    To sum up my response, the truth hurts.

  • Malcolm Y

    I have a twitter stalker bot. Every time I tweet with a mention of AltRight I get some kind of weird reply like a picture of Richard Spencer captioned Nice Abs. I don’t care but it just clutters the timeline.