Twitter reveals GENIUS plan to identify Kremlin Agents and what Twitter’s Acting General Counsel told the Senate.
During testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, a representative of Twitter admitted that his company discovered alleged Russian election interference on their platform by flagging every account with Russian text, email, phone, IP address and so on as a potential agent of the Kremlin.
This statement came from the mouth of Twitter’s Acting General Counsel Sean Edgett as he testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee. “We’re looking at things like, whether they registered in Russia, do they have a Russian phone number, are they on a Russian mobile carrier, do they have a Russian email address, are they coming in from a Russian IP, have they ever… logged in at any time from Russia?” Edgett testified.
In other words, Russian agents include anyone who bought a phone in Russia, lives in Russia, used Twitter in Russia, does business in Russia or with Russians, according to Twitter.
Perhaps the most telling comment was in Edgett’s written testimony that was submitted to the Senate. It read that accounts with “Russian language or Cyrillic characters [that appear] in the account information or name” were also flagged as “Russia-linked.”
Although this should probably go without saying, speaking Russian does not make you Russian – and being Russian does not make you a servant of Vladimir Putin. Virtually every former Soviet Socialist Republic has a large percentage of Russian speakers among their population.
It isn’t just the former Soviet Union. There are 3 million speakers in Germany (a holdover from East Germany) and about 1 million in Israel (a result of the diaspora of Russian Jews after the Soviet Union collapsed.) Some 850,000 Americans have Russian as their primary household language. If any of them thought to type something Russian on Twitter, they are now Kremlin shills.
Cyrillic is the alphabet used in the Russian language – as well as the national languages of countries such as Ukraine, Bulgaria and Montenegro. It is the alphabet of the languages of dozen of ethnic groups in Central Asia, as well as the Dungan and Uyghur peoples of China.
By the way…The Google co-founder Sergey Brin and the early Facebook investor Yuri Milner are both Russian-born.
Technically, any Russian who works in IT, writes in Cyrillic is a hacker and probably Kremlin agent.