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Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Good breakdown of the Marcon leak, and how is was spurned by the French.

The leak appeared 36 hours before the opening of polls in the decisive round of France’s presidential election. This seemed a last-ditch effort by supporters of nationalist candidate Marine Le Pen to torpedo Macron, who is some 20 points ahead in the polls.

I heard Marcon's people seeded his servers with obviously fake documents, to quickly snuff out any potential twitter storms, a bit like a trap street in cartography.

These posts did not stop alt-right and far-right accounts tweeting, but they challenged the hashtag and achieved thousands of retweets of their own. This suggests that the #MacronLeaks campaign, after an initial rapid penetration of the information space, met significant resistance — and may well have had its spread and ability to influence voters limited as a result.