Source: Twitter Pins #ReleaseTheMemo on Republicans, Not Russia

Releasing the memo seems reasonable to us. And we aren’t Republicans or Russian.

(From The Daily Beast)

The online groundswell urging the release of House Republicans’ attacks on the Federal Bureau of Investigation appears thus far to be organically American—not Russian propaganda, a source familiar with Twitter’s internal analysis told The Daily Beast.

#ReleaseTheMemo has been trending widely since late last week. It urges the House intelligence committee to release what its Republican authors claim is a finding of widespread FBI misconduct aimed at surveilling and discrediting Donald Trump. Democrats in Congress counter-accuse the Republicans of cobbling together a deceptive memo aimed at discrediting the FBI and Robert Mueller’s investigation of the Trump team over Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.

And Diane Feinstein and Adam Schiff are convinced that the interest in the #releasethememo hashtag is driven by Russian Twitter bots. At least they say that they believe the Russians are out there driving the interest.

But this doesn’t appear to be the case.

But a knowledgeable source says that Twitter’s internal analysis has thus far found that authentic American accounts, and not Russian imposters or automated bots, are driving #ReleaseTheMemo. There are no preliminary indications that the Twitter activity either driving the hashtag or engaging with it is either predominantly Russian.

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