Pentagon goes full stupid on Russiagate
There's been a whole lot of stupid put out about ScaryRussia in the last two years, but the Pentagon managed to find a new level of stupid today that I didn't know existed.
Pentagon: “The Russian disinformation campaign has already begun. There has been a 2,000 percent increase in Russian trolls in the last 24 hours.” pic.twitter.com/xVkJzAHOqs
— NBC News (@NBCNews) April 14, 2018
You know how they say that 97.3% of all statistics are made up?
This is one of them.
“I think there’s a basic reality check you can do on most statistical claims,” Tim Hartford, host of statistics podcast More or Less, told Vice. “You can just ask: Does that sound reasonable? ... OK, so first, if you’ve been given a number, just ask: compared to what? ... The second thing is—what does the statistic actually refer to?”
The numbers are as meaningless as Pentagon body counts in Vietnam.
Even if the number had any relationship to reality, consider what we are talking about.
Reddit has banned 944 accounts including ones that were promoting a fake Hillary Clinton porn video.
One video, purporting to be a "leaked Hillary Clinton hotel sex tape" is reported to have been created by Russia's Internet Research Agency.
It was posted on Reddit by a now-banned account called Rubinjer, whose posts gained more than 100,000 upvotes.
The same video was posted on PornHub five times and was viewed more than 250,000 times, according to NBC News.
Am I supposed to be scared of this? Is this supposed to be a threat to our democratic institutions? What exactly is the danger here?