- Jan 19, 2013
A WarnerMedia report reveals that bots and other inauthentic users bolstered the fan-led campaign for director Zack Snyder’s Justice League do-overSurprise, surprise. Now that the Snyder Cut is coming out on digital, Rolling Stone published a hit piece "revealing" that the Snyder Cut campaign was run by bots.
Filled with such baffling decisions as accusing Fiona Zheng of being a bot account or a Red Scare-type spy/catfisher wearing "digital yellowface", when she's actually been interviewed during DC Fandome and the side purporting themselves to be "progressives/leftists" made fun of her because of her accent.
The above implies Fiona Zheng isn't "really" Chinese and also seems to have "stopped existing" past the release of the Snyder Cut.It’s unclear who, precisely, is behind the site. Four participants are listed there as its developers, including a self-identified fan and site founder who purports to be from China named Fiona Zheng. The site was originally registered using a privacy service in December 2017, but web registration records show that, during a brief lapse in the privacy protection from mid-March to mid-October 2021, a digital marketing consultant named Xavier Lannes was listed as the registrant of forsnydercut.com.
Snyder denies knowing or ever hiring Lannes; Lannes did not respond to a request for comment. Zheng, meanwhile, despite prolific tweeting about Snyder from 2016 up until the day of the Snyder Cut’s release in 2021, has posted just twice since then. A query to Zheng went unanswered.
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the two reports "cited" in the hit piece were "commissioned by WarnerMedia" except WarnerMedia no longer exists due to the merger and Toby Emmerich is already gone from the company, making this a blatant admission that they were sitting on this information and held to it until the "right moment" to try and cause damage and generate clicks. They really thought they had something.