"A CBC/Radio-Canada analysis of 9.6 million tweets from accounts since deleted shows that pipeline and immigration debates in Canada were inflamed by trolls thought to be based in Russia, Iran and Venezuela."
Nine million troll tweets released by Twitter? That sounds like a lot.
But immediately, the story is less than it appears:
"Twitter trolls linked to suspected foreign influence campaigns stoked controversy over pipelines and immigration in Canada, according to a CBC/Radio-Canada analysis of 9.6 million tweets from accounts since deleted. Roughly 21,600 tweets from those troll accounts directly targeted Canadians — many of them with messages critical of Canadian pipeline projects and tweets that highlighted divisions over Canada's policies on immigration and refugees."
OK, so it’s not 9.6 million tweets. It’s 21,600 tweets.
There are more than 500,000,000 tweets published every single day. And according to this CBC report, over the course of five years, 21,600 tweets, written by foreign trolls, mentioned Canada.
So about ten tweets a day.
This CBC story itself is fake news.
But it is fake news with a purpose — to justify the massive government intervention in social media.