A list of over 5,000 “Antifa” Twitter accounts is circulating on Telegram

Jack Alban

Technology

Published November 26, 2022 Updated November 26, 2022 8:10 am CST

Right Side News, a Telegram channel with 699 subscribers to the popular messaging app, published a list of online accounts they claim have ties to Antifa. The post, which includes the 5,000+ Twitter accounts, says: “A list of 5,000+ Antifa accounts and Antifa follower accounts on Twitter. Let’s get to work and let the cleanup begin.”

In the same channel thread, Right Side News also posted screenshots of several of these accounts being banned on Twitter, such as: anti-fascist researcher Chad Loder (@chadloder), along with Colorado Springs Antifascists (@COSAntiFascists).

The thread with the list has been viewed over 25.8k times and has 30 comments and 40 emoji reactions at the time of publication. One of the Telegram replies to the post explained: “[their] People” were also on the list. The comment “our people” seems to indicate that there are Antifa critics or subscribers to Right Side News named in the filing. In the same conversation, a moderator of the Right Side News Telegram channel seemed surprised by this information, suggesting that the list was not filled with pure “Antifa supporters”.

A Twitter account for the Elm Fork John Brown Gun Clubwhich appears to be a pro-Antifa community defense group, said Twitter users who support right-wing ideologies are trying to “disappoint the left” by flagging those accounts on Telegram’s list.

However, many argue that there are a lot of accounts on the list that have no connection to the organization. Elm Fork published a series of tweets on the subject, which also included an alleged list of these accounts shared in a Telegram thread.

Antifa has come under fire in recent years for its alleged attacks on Andy Ngô, who published a book documenting Antifa’s activities and stated that the group’s focus is on undermining the American government.

Others have explained that the fear mongering surrounding Antifa is a deliberately crafted narrative on behalf of right-wing media and political groups to create a “boogeyman”. In other words, to give left-wing ideological violence a face.

It now appears that whatever controversy the name Antifa stirs up among people online has been wrapped up in the drama that followed Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter. The news of the list comes after Musk explained that it was obvious to him that the tech application contained “strong left bias,” according to Fox News. Musk also recently posted a tweet mocking “#StayWoke” t-shirts found in a closet at the company’s headquarters, further suggesting that left-leaning political ideologies are favored on Twitter.

Shortly after Musk took over Twitter Anti-fascist researcher Chad Loder was suspended from the platform, which in turn was highlighted on the Right Side News Telegram channel. The SpaceX founder also sparked controversy online after reinstating suspended Twitter accounts, most notably those of former President Donald Trump.

However, some argue that the reported “Antifa” accounts are actually just liberal-minded individuals and websites, not necessarily affiliated with the extremist group:

“That’s impressive @GavinNewsom made the list of antifa accounts. Way to go Gov,” one Twitter user commented on Elm Fork’s thread.

“Has anyone else noticed how benign state and law enforcement organizations are oddly focused on Ventura County?” another tweeted.

“Yeah wtf! Why is my junior college here?” wrote another user.

Some of the accounts mentioned are pop singer Lil Nas X, the Auschwitz Museum, Investigative journalist Luke O’Brientogether with a Pro Mask Mandate Twitter Account calls for mandatory face coverings to be reintroduced. The Daily Dot and some of its contributors are also named in this collection of reports published by Elm Fork JBGC.

While there doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason for the list, Right Side News channel users still cheer for every account on the list that was recently banned.

Loder’s name is mentioned on the list and her account has been banned, as has @COSAntifascists. It appears that the Elm Fork John Brown Gun Club account has been temporarily suspended, but as of now it is operational on Twitter. It is not known whether any of the accounts have been suspended temporarily or indefinitely due to the mass reporting of names on the Telegram list.

During Trump’s tenure as president, he said he would classify Antifa as a terrorist organization, which drew some resistance online. In September 2020, FBI Director Chris Way stated that Antifa is not technically an “organization” but rather an “ideology”. However, there are verified reports of gatherings, attacks, and acts of property destruction and vandalism, all linked to Antifa members. Activist Facts describes the group as a “loosely organized movement of far-left vandals, rioters and other criminals committed to pro-Marxism.”

While it’s unclear if there’s actually a mass reporting campaign against these Twitter accounts, Right Side News’ Telegram channel has been continuously uploading screenshots of accounts that have been banned since Friday.

The Daily Dot emailed Twitter for further comment.

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*Initial publication: November 26, 2022 7:46 am CST

Jack Alban

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