The CBC attempted what amounts to a smear campaign against, among others, myself, Ezra Levant and Barbara Kay.
You might have seen the story online. The alarmist headline read: “Twitter trolls stoked debates about immigration and pipelines in Canada, data show: 9M troll tweets released by Twitter reveal foreign campaigns to influence Canadians’ opinions.”
But that’s far from the truth.
The article reveals that Twitter released an archive of 9.6 million deleted tweets since 2013 that came from suspected bots — that is, fake accounts that are not connected to real people.
Of the 9.6 million deleted tweets, 21,600 mentioned Canada.
Yes, 21,600. Not nine million, as the headline deceptively implies.
The story reveals that the account most retweeted by trolls was CBC News, followed by Rebel Media and its founder, Levant.
Despite the alarmism of this “investigative report,” these accounts were retweeted less than 200 times each.So why did the CBC drum up this fake news story?