Market Monday – Trolls and misinformation guiding your views on Pipelines, NOT FACTS!
Calgary — The same Russian online troll farm that meddled in the American presidential election has also taken steps to try and throw confusion, anger, and misinformation at Canadian targets, including oil infrastructure and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau specifically.
Evidence is embedded in data made publicly available through investigations in the United States, where congressional probes have been examining Russian information campaigns following the 2016 presidential election.
One report from a committee in the House of Representatives released this month said the St. Petersburg troll factory, members of which now face criminal charges in the U.S., posted online about “energy” roughly half as often as it did about American presidential politics. We all know the outcome of the US Presidential Election.
The committee’s review of accounts linked to Internet Research Agency finds over 9,000 posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram about pipelines and fracking, including an unspecified number about the Canada-U.S. Keystone XL pipeline.
The committee would not release the raw data allowing a search for all Canada-specific messages.
Canadian Oil is an easy target for Russian Trolls…
“I wouldn’t be surprised (if they’re going after Canadian oil),” said Daniel Fried, a former U.S. State Department official who co-ordinated sanctions policy for the U.S. government until 2017. Daniel Fried is also the co-author of another just-released report in Washington.
“You will find the Russians getting into all kinds of issues, deliberately stirring up debate, and trying to spin it in a malicious fashion…. Of course it is ironic the Russians would use environmental arguments, for which they have no patience at home, to hurt energy infrastructure abroad.”
Final thoughts from Daniel on what Canada could, and SHOULD do about trolls and misinformation?
“If Canada believes that the debate about energy infrastructure is being skewed by Russian bots, or the St. Petersburg troll farm … the best way to combat that is to expose it.” He Said (I couldn’t agree more!)
Greenpeace trolls admits its attacks on Canadian forest products giant were ‘non-verifiable statements of subjective opinion’ — So.. NOT FACTS!
Now Greenpeace says it never intended people to take its words about Resolute’s logging practices as literal truth
The people at the National Post uncovered some welcome news for us skeptics about GreenPeace… sadly I wasn’t surprised…
Read the article from Peter Kuitenbrouwer below, please!
Americans, Russians and Chinese and OPEC Nations all seem more than happy to let us cut our oil supplies.. ask yourselves WHY?, Canada!
West Coast Canada! Wake Up! –
BC’s Premier Horgan got lots of praise for keeping BC Green last week, including from Governor Inslee of Washington State and several other US State representatives from Coastal states…
Why would the US care? Because Washington State, “BC’s Climate Brother in ARMS” is home to 5 US oil refineries!!!
To Kill Kinder Morgan would be a huge boon to USA INTERESTS who are now become EXPORTERS themselves instead of solely Importers!
Don’t Let the Trolls Win, Canada! Please!