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Turning Point Action enlists teenagers in ‘troll farm’ spreading coordinated pro-Trump messaging – The Washington Post

Posted on September 16, 2020

Turning Point Action enlists teenagers in 'troll farm' spreading coordinated pro-Trump messaging - The Washington Post 1One tweet claimed coronavirus numbers were intentionally inflated, adding, “It’s hard to know what to believe.” Another warned, “Don’t trust Dr. Fauci.”

A Facebook comment argued that mail-in ballots “will lead to fraud for this election,” while an Instagram comment amplified the erroneous claim that 28 million ballots went missing in the past four elections.

The messages have been emanating in recent months from the accounts of young people in Arizona seemingly expressing their own views — standing up for President Trump in a battleground state and echoing talking points from his reelection campaign.

Far from representing a genuine social media groundswell, however, the posts are the product of a sprawling yet secretive campaign that experts say evades the guardrails put in place by social media companies to limit online disinformation of the sort used by Russia during the 2016 campaign.

Source: Turning Point Action enlists teenagers in ‘troll farm' spreading coordinated pro-Trump messaging – The Washington Post


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