Two organizations attempted to manipulate Twitter to their benefit over the last few months, one was potentially a nation-sponsored actor. The other was a peanut by comparison.

The more serious case was revealed by Twitter on February 3 when it reported it had shut down an attempt by a possible nation-state actor to exploit an API and match usernames to phone numbers.

The second involved an attempt by the social media operators behind Planter’s Peanuts to make the resurrection of Mr. Peanut, shown in a Super Bowl commercial with the birth of Baby Peanut, go viral.

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