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“Conspirador Norteno” aka Remi Barrette Seriously Screwed Up This Time
Boy howdy. TWITTER GIVE ME MY ACCOUNT BACK
I don’t know Chahal, but he is not happy at all and rightfully so. Twitter suspended his non-profit’s Twitter account for no conceivable reason.
The website sure looks like a guy who has done very well for himself trying to do good with his money.
So why was his account suspended? Well, people who have been following me for a while will not be surprised it involves “Conspirador Norteno” aka Remi Barrette.
Remi is a dangerous, harmful operative who has been targeting people through coordinated harassment and technical tools for six years. Just a few days ago he targeted my podcast in retaliation for an article I posted along with several of his long-time colleagues.
But it’s not just targeting people on Twitter, it’s manufacturing disinformation like the “Alfa Bank” hoax that led to the Durham “investigation” with British Brexit propagandist and fake “Resister” Louise Mensch.
Back to Chahal. A couple of months ago, he went after Axios and backed it up with facts and data. I have no particular dog in this fight but this is certainly free speech.
But, lo and behold, along comes Remi Barrette to dispute Chahal. As I have mentioned, this guy suspends people he doesn’t like through a system involving coordinated harassment, inauthentic reporting and access to Twitter tools that Remi should not have.
When Chahal pushed back, a variety of familiar faces showed right up to defend Remi.
This guy’s name is Cody Webb (allegedly) and he is one of the most technical and most vicious trolls on Twitter. He’s worked with and for crews like The Shed and Troll Army, and consorts with people like white nationalists Doug Stewart and Spicci, Louise Mensch and William Welna.
Erin Gallagher purports to be a researcher and hangs her hat on a bunch of misinformation she published about white nationalist troll Spicci over three years ago. She’s connected to both Harvard and the worst people on the internet and ran with The Shed while she was larping as researching it.
Erin Gallagher has been retweeted by Yoel Roth of Twitter Safety as a legitimate source. She is not.
And finally, we have the queen of disinformation, trolling and psyops herself, Louise (Fucking) Mensch who both pays for and coordinates a huge amount of the harm that happens on Twitter backing up her longtime colleague Remi Barrette.
The formula this team of coordinated harassers employ is clear and repeated.
Identify a target
Find something “controversial” to pick on
Show up “concern trolling” with charts and graphs if possible
Egg on the target to have an emotional reaction
Exploit the reaction by flooding Twitter Support with inauthentic reports
Use Twitter tools to accept the false reports as a reason for suspension
This is Remi Barrette’s playbook and it needs to fucking stop.
So it seems to me, that Twitter is stuck here. They can try to ignore Chahal or they can give his account back. Ignoring him seems unwise. If they give his account back they better fucking give me mine back too.
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