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Tue Sep 15, 2020, 08:54 PM

Pro-Trump group pays teens to post online

Source: Chron News




President Donald Trump shakes hands with Charlie Kirk, co-founder and executive director of Turning Point USA,

One 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 Donald 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.

Read more: https://www.chron.com/news/article/Pro-Trump-group-pays-teens-to-post-online-15569883.php

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Reply Pro-Trump group pays teens to post online (Original post)
packman Sep 15 OP
RainCaster Sep 15 #1
Thekaspervote Sep 15 #2
paleotn Sep 15 #9
Hip2bSquare Sep 15 #3
IronLionZion Sep 15 #4
reACTIONary Sep 15 #5
bucolic_frolic Sep 15 #6
Initech Sep 15 #7
thenelm1 Sep 15 #11
moose65 Wednesday #13
paleotn Sep 15 #8
JDC Sep 15 #10
Blue Owl Sep 15 #12
Grins Wednesday #14
LiberalLovinLug Wednesday #15

Response to packman (Original post)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 09:00 PM

1. The sleaze continues

WTF-- why would youngsters want to have DFT reelected? He will screw up their future.

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Response to RainCaster (Reply #1)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 09:04 PM

2. Money

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Response to RainCaster (Reply #1)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 10:07 PM

9. Youngsters sometimes....

can't see past next week.

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Response to packman (Original post)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 09:08 PM

3. The lengths they need to go to

This is new. Down to recruiting teens now?? Voter suppression, dismantling USPS, closing voting stations, Russian trolls and interference, election and voting misinformation from the orange goon and still not enough!!! Send in the teens!

Sending drumpf home to a bankrupt trump tower for good is going to be so so sweet! We must win!

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Response to packman (Original post)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 09:17 PM

4. Their co-founder Bill Montgomery died of COVID

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Response to packman (Original post)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 09:46 PM

6. Of course. Paid trolls. They have nothing to do with their time and money but

think about ways to lower their own taxes and elect those who will lower their taxes.

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Response to packman (Original post)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 09:57 PM

7. I always figured that Charlie Kirk was a total sleazebag.

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Response to Initech (Reply #7)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 10:16 PM

11. Kirk is relatively young - what kind of poisonous environment was he raised in?

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I remembered his name immediately and his involvement in some type of rat-fucking scheme in New Hampshire. He was involved with Turning Point and per Wiki, "First appearing on November 21, 2016, Turning Point USA also operates a website called Professor Watchlist. Kirk has said the site is dedicated to documenting and exposing college professors who discriminate against conservative students, promote anti-American values, and advance leftist propaganda in the classroom."

Check him in wiki - either with Turning Point or under his name. Total asshole.

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Response to thenelm1 (Reply #11)

Wed Sep 16, 2020, 08:37 AM

13. He is creepy

Usually when I see pictures of him, I wonder if they've been photoshopped! His head is too big for his face (or his face is too small for his head)!

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Response to packman (Original post)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 10:06 PM

8. The falcon has heard the falconer....

Copying the tactics of their masters in mother Russia.

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Response to packman (Original post)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 10:15 PM

10. Grotesque

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Response to packman (Original post)

Tue Sep 15, 2020, 10:29 PM

12. Pure evil

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Response to packman (Original post)

Wed Sep 16, 2020, 09:11 AM

14. The killer quote in the story....

"In 2016, there were Macedonian teenagers interfering in the election by running a troll farm and writing salacious articles for money. In this election, the troll farm is in Phoenix. The scale and scope of domestic disinformation is far greater than anything a foreign adversary could do to us." - Graham Brookie, director of the Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research Lab.

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Response to Grins (Reply #14)

Wed Sep 16, 2020, 02:09 PM

15. I always suspected there was a larger home grown troll army than Russian

Now there may have been more Russian influence in years past, they have a lot of experience, for decades in a lot of countries. But they've also shown America's own native trolls how to do it and do it more effectively. I'll bet the GOP has hired the largest troll farm yet for this election.

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