Russian Bots Are Sticking Up For Sean Hannity By Attacking Keurig, As Fans Smash Coffee Makers

Russian Bots Are Sticking Up For Sean
Hannity By Attacking Keurig, As Fans Smash Coffee Makers

The DRAMA over Hannity and his advertiser support continues to be ongoing. It would seem that Americans are being DUPED into parroting
paid Russian troll propaganda

Fox News’s Sean Hannity is getting support from Russian-linked social media accounts after they began amplifying a protest by the American far
right
against Keurig coffee machines when the company pulled advertising from Hannity’s show.

In case you weren’t aware, Hannity is in a bit of a pickle…

Keurig is among five companies that removed ads from Fox’s Hannity over the weekend following his coverage of sexual misconduct allegations
against Roy Moore
, who is running for U.S. Senate in Alabama.

In the “information age” money seems to talk. And Russians. Russians PAID to push certain hashtags:

On Twitter the hashtag #BoycottKeurig is now number one in overall hashtags promoted by 600 accounts connected to Russian influence efforts
tracked by the German Marshall Fund. The hashtag #standwithannity and the variant #istandwithhannity, #boycottkeurig, and #keurig are among the top
trending hashtags promoted by these accounts.

And upset Americans seem to be 1) UNAWARE…2) COMPLICIT…

On Sunday, white nationalist Angelo John Gage posted a video of himself on Twitter destroying a Keurig coffee machine using a hammer to protest
the company’s move to remove ads from Hannity’s show. He used two of the hashtags amplified by the Russian social media network.

I guess there are a LOT of other ways to get your cup ‘o joe!

The Russian influence linked accounts—some of which are bots, some individuals—are amplifying Gage’s message against Keurig and those of
other Hannity supporters who posted videos of themselves across social media demolishing the company’s single-serve coffee machines.
The network
of social media accounts was identified after key American intelligence agencies found the Kremlin worked to interfere in the 2016 election.

We are WELL AWARE of these bots and troll farms. Russians are being PAID to sit and post:

Inside the Russian ‘troll factory’: How Putin’s
unlikely cyber recruits deployed waves of fake news articles, memes and divisive social media posts in the Kremlin’s information war on the
West

With his Marilyn Manson and Winnie the Pooh tattoos, Vitaly Bespalov appears an unlikely foot soldier for Vladimir Putin.

Yet for several months, the slight, 23-year-old with a mop of blonde hair was at the heart of Russia’s information war on the West.

Vitaly was an employee of 55 Savushkina Street, the St Petersburg ‘troll factory’ now being scrutinized in the Senate intelligence committee’s
investigation
on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election

The money is good in a struggling economy…

The pay was also far higher than average for such non-taxing work – 45,000 rubles (then around $900) a month. He was told the next day that
he was hired because the company’s security service had approved his application.

And pushing divisive propaganda and manipulating Google search results was key:

His bosses reinforced that the goal was to have the articles reach the top of Google searches and the Russian equivalent, Yandex. Social media was
also extremely important
and articles were aggressively promoted on platforms where they could gain the most traffic.

The operation was larger than MOST people realize. We’re talking about floors of people, manipulating YOUR world-view:

On the second floor, a social media department came up with cartoons and memes to support Russian policy.

The third floor was reserved for bloggers writing fake blogs. They would pretend to be Ukrainians writing about how terrible their lives were
and how they had no food, heating or electricity. The intent was to bolster the Russian campaign against Ukraine and make it appear in a positive
light.

I know that *I* will be keeping an EYE on what RUSSIA propagandists are pushing, and asking “why?”. Remember ATS:

Deny Ignorance

http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread1190776/pg1

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