Dumping, Astroturfing and Trolling

How Intelligence Chair Richard Burr exemplifies all that is wrong with politics

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Source tweet

Cambridge Analytica

Twitter Shenanigans

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@greensboro_nc account no longer exists
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When Shit Got Weird

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Screenshot captured June 2018; @_North_Carolina account no longer exists; @BurrForSenate is among Followers of an account falsely representing North Carolina
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The bio of @greensboro_nc didn’t include “(Not The Government)” when I initially brought the account to Twitter’s attention (March 2018); note the pinned tweet mentioning “tweets mapped to locations” — this echos the audience building strategy described in the “Twitter Shenanigans” section

Meet @BurrForSenate

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Screenshot captured March 20th, 2020
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Screenshot captured March 20th, 2020
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Screenshot captured March 20th, 2020
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First tweet, second tweet, third tweet
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Worth calling attention to use of TweetDeck
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Follow-For-Follow

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Data collected March 20th, 2020; ratio = Following/Followers; accounts include @John_KissMyBot, @leeleemunster, @ophidianpilot, @PEACETHAHARDWAY, @justicehunter, @mike9wood, @rebelfever2, @SharpestJim, @jmlg05, @AmericaOldDays, @FedUp_amERICan
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Screenshots were captured March 20th, 2020
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Data collected March 20th, 2020; ratio = Following/Followers
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Ugh, Senator.. Why Are You Following THOSE Accounts?

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Screenshots were captured March 22nd, 2020
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Accounts include: @LoriGirl_Texas, @Njhager, @William90517519, @PrimitivWarrior, @BroskiJames, @annie_amountain, @jbrownlee55, @Paul0451, @Saint_209, @bunnyrun1021, @FreedomtruckGA, @marybrittles, @KrisKat, @SteveSchoeneck, @jojo21, @cutterko, @Starr1sg

Creating The Illusion of Support

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Source: The News & Observer, “This North Carolina city can’t get Twitter to delete an imposter” (Jun 2018)
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Trolling

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Screenshot captured March 20th, 2020
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Source tweet
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First tweet, second tweet, third tweet, fourth tweet

OK, So What’s Your Point?

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Screenshots were captured March 24th, 2020

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CEO & Founder, Social Forensics | Previously: Co-Founder, Elementus | Featured in BBC, CNN, BuzzFeed, and Quartz, among others | SocialForensics.com

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