The flow of disinformation about the 2020 presidential was chased down by reporter Nick Martin on Monday.
Martin explained why an anonymous Substack account should have raised plenty of red flags, but the "easily debunked conspiracy theory" it was pushing was still picked up by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Fox Business.
Martin concluded, "clearly Substack is being exploited by bad actors, and the company should figure out a way to turn the ship back towards its original journalistic mission before its too late."
Here is his thread:
I love @SubstackInc. It was created for journalists to do important, independent work. Unfortunately, the brand is… https://t.co/kVA9DwWoN4— Nick Martin (@Nick Martin)1606788175.0
That one article, on November 24, is the only thing that's been published by the account other than the generic pos… https://t.co/vrJLTLWMHc— Nick Martin (@Nick Martin)1606788389.0
The "About" page for the account is also filled with the generic @SubstackInc text. There's zero indication about w… https://t.co/VSsjGO0zLe— Nick Martin (@Nick Martin)1606788550.0
The article published by the "vote_pattern_analysis" account is very long, but it all centers around the easily deb… https://t.co/2bHB5PQFYA— Nick Martin (@Nick Martin)1606788790.0
Within hours after the "vote_pattern_analysis" article went online, it was republished in part or in whole on a num… https://t.co/X38155cKkB— Nick Martin (@Nick Martin)1606789161.0
From there, it got picked up and was given oxygen by larger conservative media outlets, including Fox Business and… https://t.co/ly09leVpmw— Nick Martin (@Nick Martin)1606789503.0
This is both a platform problem for @SubstackInc and a disinformation problem for the rest of us. But clearly Subst… https://t.co/gpmklvfHxz— Nick Martin (@Nick Martin)1606789837.0