Apparently, if I don’t like the fact that Yes Scotland want to take my photo, stick it on their site & imply I’m backing them, I should ‘gie’s some peace’ and stop following Yes Scotland’s Twitter account. That’s the feedback I got from one Nationalist tweeter. Here’s a novel idea – why don’t they simply stop misrepresenting people’s views. It’s quite simple! The number of e-mails circulating with variations of the theme ‘cheeky so and sos’ between people in the same boat has been quite amusing. It takes some nerve to manipulate the intention of people who have legitimate professional or political reasons for keeping tabs on them. The Yes Campaign have tonight issued a statement:
YesScotland.net is open to all people who want to find out about the many benefits of an independent Scotland, including 15,000 supporters who have already signed the Yes Declaration and followers, people of ‘independent mind’, who are not counted as supporters, and who have connected with Yes Scotland through our website, Facebook page or twitter account simply to find out more.”
This is garbage. There is no distinction on the site between followers and supporters and they should remove the Twitter photos until only those who have signed up as supporters or signed the Declaration of Cineworld are shown. Interesting, too, that only 15,000 have signed when SNP has over 20,000 members.
G’s Spot has Willie Rennie’s reaction:
They tried to rig the referendum, now they are rigging the website. “Following an individual or group on Twitter should not be misrepresented as support. “The Yes Scotland website fails to make this distinction and implies that everyone who follows the campaign supports the campaign. “This is an underhanded way to pad out numbers to make it look like more people support the break-up of the UK than is actually the case.”
Thing is, this lot have form on, er, portraying the most optimistic view of their support. Remember when it was revealed that the Scottish Government’s consultation was accepting multiple anonymous responses?
They have now changed their site to add in that the pictures represent people following on Facebook & Twitter. I don’t think that’s enough. A Twitter follow is like a tracking device. A Facebook like is, for me, more of a statement of positive intent. That’s not how others see it, though, as the feedback I’ve had on Twitter suggests that others use Facebook likes as another way to find out what’s going on. To put it beyond doubt, Yes Scotland should restrict the photo sharing to those who signed the Declaration of Cineworld. That would be the honest thing to do.