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The bigger British Columbia’s network of climate activists gets, the harder Big Oil wants us to fall

Every morning when I come into the office, I see them lined up. Sometimes eight, ten, twelve, twenty. Like an egg that has hatched overnight, a small army has come marching out and is standing, waiting to be invited in.

Twitter bots. Maybe you’ve heard of them? We’re learning more and more about the ways powerful people and heavily resourced groups are using Twitter and other social media platforms to change the stories people are telling, hijacking conversations and sending people off into the world armed with whatever talking points suit their agenda: changing policy, getting elected, selling oil.

Well, now that Dogwood’s supporter base is getting bigger, stronger and more influential — rivaling the size and organizing capacity of some of our province’s major political parties —  we’re experiencing a Twitter bot attack of our own. Phony Twitter accounts set up by unknown ne’er do wells are clamouring for the attention of our staff and those who follow us.

And it doesn’t stop online.