The House Intelligence Committee has reportedly requested information from Twitter related to the original account that tweeted a video of students from Covington Catholic High School causing the hate hoax to go viral. The account was suspended by the platform for being “misleading.”
VICE News reports that following the recent furor over a video featuring students from Covington Catholic High School, members of the House Intelligence Committee have requested that Twitter provide information on the original account that tweeted the video.
The vice chair of the Senate Select Committee On Intelligence, Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), confirmed to VICE News this week that the committee had indeed requested information from Twitter relating to the incident. Breitbart News has reported extensively on the video which featured a Native American activist named Nathan Phillips standing in front of Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann, who stood quietly while smiling while Phillips banged a drum in his face. The incident took place at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
Since the video went viral, Sandmann received death threats and students from the high school were accused of racially abusing the Native American activists; it was later discovered after further video of the incident was published that another group known as the Black Hebrew Israelites were shouting racial slurs and various negative comments at the high school students who had traveled to Washington to attend the March For Life protest.
It was only after the students had been verbally abused by the Black Hebrew Israelites that Phillips — who was in Washington to attend the Indigenous Peoples March — approached the students banging a ceremonial drum and chanting, in what he claimed was an attempt to calm tensions between the groups.
One of the first Twitter accounts to tweet short, edited footage of the incident was an account with the handle “@2020fight,” which claimed to belong to a “teacher & advocate” from California named Talia. The account tweeted a one minute clip of the incident at the Lincoln Memorial with the caption: “This MAGA loser gleefully bothering a Native American protester at the Indigenous Peoples March.”
While the viral post was still active, it received 2.5 million views and 14,400 retweets. As time went on, many began to wonder if the @2020fight account was a bot account as it featured many of the traits of bot accounts such as a fake profile picture and a high volume of partisan tweets; posting approximately 130 tweets in one day. The account was also reportedly drawing extra attention to their posts using Shoutcart, a service which posts promotional tweets for as little as $20.
Since then, Twitter has suspended the account, telling VICE News that this was due to: “Deliberate attempts to manipulate the public conversation on Twitter by using misleading account information is a violation of Twitter rules.” Now, the House Intelligence Committee and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence are requesting further information on Twitter as they attempt to determine if the account was part of a foreign influence campaign.
The @2020fight maggot gets suspended for ‘misleading’ after the truth comes out, but Twitter won’t suspend the accounts of the thugs who issue death threats against these kids.
This is the archived Twitter profile of @2020fight:
More, from Breitbart
According to the Hill, an account named @2020fight made the video, which led to the widespread harassment of the high school teenagers involved, go viral.
However, the account reportedly has a number of inconsistencies.
“@2020fight claims to belong to a California schoolteacher. However its profile photo is of a blogger based in Brazil,” the Hill reported, citing Twitter’s rules against “fake and misleading accounts.”
In a statement to the Hill, a Twitter spokesman claimed, “Deliberate attempts to manipulate the public conversation on Twitter by using misleading account information is a violation of the Twitter Rules.”
CNN Business also reported that “Molly McKew, an information warfare researcher who saw the tweet and shared it herself on Saturday, said she later realized that a network of anonymous accounts were working to amplify the video,” from the already “suspicious” account.
“This is the new landscape: where bad actors monitor us and appropriate content that fits their needs. They know how to get it where they need to go so it amplifies naturally,” declared McKew. “And at this point, we are all conditioned to react and engage or deny in specific ways. And we all did.”
Correction, McKew. The hoaxer knew exactly what they were doing, and you went along with it. The common denominator between you and the lowlife who produced the tweaked video, is the way you present the ‘news’. The edited video fit the needs of leftwing media agenda and they ran with it. They do it from blue-checked Twitter accounts. They were so busy hyping the “MAGA hat-wearing kid disrespects a Native American elder” shit that they didn’t bother to do what real journalists do; get the entire story and research the facts.
After the whole story got out, the liberal media conglomerate either doubled down, denied, or tried to throw it down the rabbit hole.
Now that the damage is done, what will you leftwing journos do to make amends to the kids who have been threatened with death and attacked on social media?
My guess: Not a fucking thing.