#StopRush is not a grassroots consumer movement. It was created and developed by left wing political organization Media Matters for America Executive Vice President Angelo Carusone.
Most #StopRush members are politically-motivated activists who send out tens of thousands of bullying tweets and Facebook posts.
#StopRush leaders develop and indiscriminately publish targeting lists for bullying and harassment by computer and phone, but hide in anonymity themselves. They even target charities and public service organizations for bullying.
When challenged, #StopRush leaders claim they have been threatened with violence as an excuse for using fake identities, but produce no evidence of that at all. And #StopRushexpresses no concern about the safety of those on the targeting lists they distribute themselves. They simply need anonymity to bully with impunity.
The simple fact that #StopRush activists refuse to provide their names is clear evidence of the deception at the core of the #StopRush intimidation effort. Real consumers tell you who they are.
In fact, 80% of all #StopRush attacks are from activists not even in the same state as their target.
As measured over a 24-day period,almost 70% of all targeted Twitter #StopRushmessages came from only 10 Twitter accounts.The #StopRush movement is simply a small number of extremists sending tens of thousands of tweets and other messages.
#StopRush members use automated Twitter software to send and retweet messages quickly and without any thought or effort. Users simply click on a tweet supplied by #StopRush, and itÂ’s automatically sent to targeted sponsors.
And for fast retweeting of leadership Â“seedÂ” posts, another piece of software is used, which allows users to retweet with just one click:
During a measured 24-day period, 88% of all tweets were identified as coming from Unite Blue member accounts.
#StopRush supporters use the email associated with their employment Â– without permission from their employer Â– to give added authority as they harass and bully targets from the published lists. Below is an email from a staff member at Kent University:
In summary, #StopRush is an organized effort by Media Matters for America to widely and indiscriminately distribute lists of targets, and harass and bully them, under cover of anonymity. It is not grassroots, but deployed by extremist activists using deception and automated software to appear bigger and more prevalent than they are.