In what is perhaps the ultimate irony, the current level of election meddling by the social media establishment – which outstrips anything the troll farm Internet Research Agency pulled off in 2016 by several orders of magnitude – would be impossible without the hysteria ginned up on these platforms by journalists casting doubt over the integrity of that year’s election. If not for four years of Russiagate, social media platforms would never have gotten away with choking off the flow of information about 2020’s election on the level they are.

Twitter has been steadily tightening its “election integrity” policy since 2016 in response to allegations that social media had served as a breeding ground for “Russian bots” and trolls who somehow convinced a massive swathe of the American electorate to vote for Republican candidate Donald Trump in that year’s election. The platform now vows to remove “unverified claims” about election fraud or meddling, now that four years of unverified claims about Russian meddling have succeeded in making many ordinary Americans fearful of what would happen to their precious vote if censors weren’t waiting in the wings to smother wrongthink.



Read more…