Posted on July 15 2018
Twitter v FTC consent decree, found here.
Dear Twitter, if you’re going to put Spicy on a timeout, found here.
Dear Twitter can we talk about the Yandex deal? NO. Okay. Can we at least talk about the $800M from Milner? No. Too bad you put me on a time out so I went back to doing what Spicy likes to do, I researched the bleep out of you, here.
Fine let’s look at the Twitter 2016 Presidential Ads, FFS the Russians paid for ads on your platform & Facebook in Rubles, here.
How about we talk about how Twitter lied to Congress, here.
Lobbying and Regulations...
...hold my Red Bull
I would be remissed if I didn’t say: lobbying is how the DC Machine runs. Personally speaking, I’m not a fan of lobbying because it seems that the “Special Interest” have far more influence than ordinary voters like you or myself. However the unfortunate reality is this is how the DC sausage is made. It’s messy and super duper swampy.
What I found interesting, was what Twitter’s lobbying efforts focused on. In 2016 Twitter lobbying efforts focused on Twitter’s Patents & Trademarks, Internet and then in 2017. At all times I will link to publicly available data so you can evaluate and make your own determination.
2017 Twitter Lobbying:
H.R. 4077 and S.1989 - the Honest Ads Act.
You can track the SB1989 here and you can think track HR4077 here. Both bills have nearly identical language and both bills are effectively stuck in purgatory in the House and Senate. Before we address the various Congressional Bills, it would be prudent to re-read the January 2017 Office of Defense National Intelligence Report (ODNI), link to ODNI declassified Report can be found here.
Moving along to SB1989 Hhonest Ads Act.
The proposed Senate bill reads in part:
Congress makes the following findings:
(1) On January 6, 2017, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence published a report titled: ‘‘Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent U.S. Elections’’ noting that ‘‘Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the U.S. Presidential election . .Moscow’s influence campaign followed a Russian messaging strategy that blends covert intelligence operation—such as cyber activity—with overt efforts by Russian Government agencies, State-funded media, third-party intermediaries, and paid social media users or ‘‘trolls.’’
(2) On November 24, 2016, the Washington Post reported findings from 2 teams of independentresearchers that concluded Russians ‘‘exploited American-made technology platforms to attack U.S. democracy at a particularly vulnerable moment . . . as part of a broadly effective strategy of sowing distrust in U.S. democracy and its leaders.’’
Take a moment and read these numbers, because it will help you cintextualuze how massive the reach of Social Media Companies like Twitter have. Frankly until I took the time to read these two proposed Congressional Bills, I did not understand the totality, scope and reach. See pages 3-8 in SB1989
(5) In 2002, the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act became law,
“establishing disclosure requirements for political advertisements distributed from a television or radio broadcast station or provider of cable or satellite television. In 2003, the Supreme Court upheld regulations on electioneering communications established under the Act, noting that such requirements ‘‘provide the electorate with information and insure that the voters are fully informed about the person or group who is speaking.’’
(6) According to a study from Borrell Associates, in 2016, $1,415,000,000 was spent on online-advertising, more than quadruple the amount in 2012.
(7) The reach of a few large internet platforms—larger than any broadcast, satellite, or cable provider—has greatly facilitated the scope and effectiveness of disinformation campaigns. For instance, the largest platform has over 210,000,000 American users—over 160,000,000 of them on a daily basis.
By contrast, the largest cable television provider has 22,430,000 subscribers, while the largest satellite television provider has 21,000,000 subscribers. And the most-watched television broadcast in U.S. history had 118,000,000 viewers.
Just from a numbers standpoint, because companies like Twitter are classified as a Social Media organization, it actually makes zero sense why Twitter isn’t as strictly regulated like OTHER media organizations. This tiny regulatory hold, is what Russia used to essentially hijack Twitter’s platform and Russia weaponized Twitter. By the time the lawmakers, law enforcement and other government regulatory bodies figured out what happened, the damage was done.
Funny bit not funny story, the @HouseDemocrats via @HouseIntelComm minority members released a LARGE cache of Russian Related ads re 2016 & it BARELY reported by the msm https://t.co/XbA4kG2xJK pic.twitter.com/72b5KvAYJX— SpicyFiles (@SpicyFiles) June 23, 2018
Below are the aggregate dollars Twitter spent on lobbying, sourced via OpenSecrets. Here’s a link to the source data, I recommend you take a moment and read the data for yourselves. Twitter Lobbying data via OpenSecrets
The Senate LDA Database shows a Twitter is on pace to our spend lobbying fees for 2016 & 2017, remember we still have 5.5 months left in 2018.
- FY 2014 = $310,000.00
- FY 2015 = $500,000.00
- FY 2016 = $680,000.00
- FY 2017 = $550,000.00
- FY 2018 = $470,000.00
2018 🇷🇺TWITTER Senate Lobbying Disclosures
2017 & 2016 🇷🇺TWITTER Senate Lobbying Disclosures
It also appears Twitter hired a NEW lobbying firm:
Integrated Solutions Group
Link to registration found here.
Registered October 17, 2017
Twitter March 2018 LDA Disclosure:
Link to the $150,000.00, see which members of Congress Twitter (not their lobbyist but TWITTER) met with.
Link found here, below is the list of lobbying matters/bills/regulations:
issues related to Electronic Communications Privacy Act reform;
H.R. 387, Email Privacy Act;
Issues related to Law Enforcement Agency Oversight;
Issues related to commercial data security;
Issues related to the digital economy;
Issues related to encryption technologies;
Government access to electronic communications transactional records;
Issues related to net neutrality and the FCC's Open Internet Order;
S. 1693, Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act; Misinformation;
S. 1989, Honest Ads Act; Non-consensual nudity
I think we can all agree that Social Media Companies like:
…should be regulated. At the bare minimum these “social media” companies should be held to the same FCC and FEC Standards. Particularly, it relates to “Truth in Advertising” and placement of Political Ads. The lack of Social Media Companies sans regulations, means hostile adversaries like Russia will continue to use their platform as a weapon against America and likely use unwitting Americans to attack other Americans. But sure let’s go ahead and suspended authentic twitter voices because the qoute United States Criminal Code and dare to “qoute” punishment of said USCs.
Twitter-Russia IRA Accounts
It’s an incontrovertible fact, that Russia via their Troll Farm, Internet Research Agency interfered in our 2016 election. These “bad actors” used Facebook and Twitter. You need to look no further than the February 16, 2018 Indictment and the July 13, 2018 Indictment.
It’s not being overly dramatic, it’s an actual fact that Twitter allowed their platform to be hijacked by multiple sets of Russian groups who weaponized their platform. The vast majority of the evidence produced thus far, shows how Twitter’s inaction and lack of proactive intervention exposed hundreds of millions of Americans to verifiable Russian Active Measures AND Disinformation.
One data point that should also be scrutinized is the by-product of Twitters complicity is they allowed for real/authentic voices to be effectively silenced. More specifically via Twitter’s own and arguably highly flawed algorithms, this caused authentic voices to have their accounts suspended, restricted and/or shadow banned. Ironic given Twitter professes to be the “free and open platform for a healthy discussion”.
Intellectually what GOOD is a platform when authentic voices of silenced or drowned out by Bots/Trolls and other nefarious accounts who use vast networks to amplify their “authentic voice”.
February 16m 2018 IRA Indictment:
USA v IRA, link to Indictment found here.
See Page 6 subParagraph c & d
the authentic @TN_GOP reported this account to twitter numerous times, dating back to September 2016, yet it took Twitter until February 2018 to finally suspended this Russian IRA Twitter Account. Here is a November 2017 Washington Post Article about this Twitter Account.
Hashtags & actual FAKE NEWS & Disinformation on Twitter
see page 17, paragraph 43-45
Rallies, see page 18, paragraph 54
You can read the full IRG Indictment via the link SCO Mueller IRG Indictment 2/16/18
What’s a bit frustrating is: Twitter was repeatedly alerted to @TEN_GOP account, yet it took Twitter 11 months to suspend.NIn October of 2017, BuzzFeed wrote an incredibly detailed article about this IRG account.
Link to article here and YES this is the third MSM article written about Twitter’s EPIC FUBAR of Russian linked accounts,
- “enormously popular, amassing at least 136,000 followers”
- Created in November 2015
- Twitter shut it down in August 2017
- Sept. 17, 2016, March 1, 2017, and Aug. 14, 2017, the REAL Tennessee GOP reported the fake account to Twitter
Moreover on November 1, 2017, Social Media Companies testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee and the HPSCI. It was super awkward and admittedly infuriating to watch. Shortly after these Congressional hearings.
Twitter submitted the following list of Russian linked Twitter Accounts that it “had discovered”…it was later determined that Twitter used Facebook’s list of accounts to check their platform. Talk about Twitter putting minimal effort and shirking their Corporate Responsibilities
Link to Twitter’s list of Russian-linked accounts given to HPSCI.
On the 31st Twitter reupped the amount to approximately 1.4 Americans were sent an email notification informing them: that they interacted with IRG Twitter Accounts. Link to Twitter’s September 2017 blog entries here, where they patted themselves on the back for suspending 22 Russian linked accounts.
On January 18, 2018 and January 31, 2018, respectively Twitter once again published an announcement on their obscure blog. Where they updated the numbers of IRG Accounts and how many Americans interacted with said Accounts. On the 18th Twitter announced some 700K Americans would be emailed notifications. Link to January 19th Twitter Blog found here.
THIRD TIME IS THE HARM, I mean CHARM?
January 31, 2018 Twitter Blog Update, link found here.
election period with the 3,814 IRA-linked accounts we identified, either by Retweeting, quoting, replying to, mentioning, or liking those accounts or content created by those accounts;
Approximately 1.4 million people have now received a notification from Twitter.
Later today, I will post an update about Twitter’s toxic environment. Where Twitter users are openly doxed, threatened, harassed and often targeted by trolls and bots. I will explore what appears to be Twitter’s actual political bias….Twitter Support’s capricious and arbitrary application of their own Terms of Service…
July 13, 2018 SEC Form 4 filing.
Sean Edgett, Attorney-in-Fact 7/13/2018...I’m sure it’s just a really random coincidence. Right?
I now refer you to page 3 of
In Q2 2018 twitter released its “selective earnings” link found here, look at the Footnotes:
Sure. Twitter. Sure. It was the software that made the MAUs numbers that created users beyond the “standard” deviation and YES it was the software again that miscalculated earnings v liabilities-cough- bullshit:
And then just to prove how in-the-tank Twitter is for the Trump Administration, Check Out the footnote:
(4) As a result of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the blended US federal and state statutory tax rate used to calculate our reported non-GAAP provisions for income taxes decreased from 37% to 24% beginning in the first quarter of 2018.
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