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Secret experiment in Alabama Senate Race imitated Russian tactics

Of dozens of conservative alabama-oriented pages on Facebook that he wrote to, only one responded. "You are in a particularly interesting position and from what we have read of your policy, we would be inclined to support you," wrote the above-mentioned operator. After Watson responded to a single question of abortion rights as a kind of test, the page gave approval but no money. "They never spent a r Destiny dime as far as I know what I did – they just kind of told their 400 followers, "Hi, vote for this guy," says Watson. Mr. Watson never spoke with the author or author of the page by phone, and they declined a request for a meeting. But he noticed something unusual: his Twitter followers ballooned suddenly from about 100 to about 10,000. Facebook site operators asked Watson if he trusted someone to set up a super-PAC that could get funding and offered advice on how One could sharpen his appeal to disenchanted Republican voters. Shortly before the election, the page sent him a message, wishing him luck. The report does not tell if the project bought Russian bot Twitter accounts that suddenly began to follow Mr. Moore. But it takes into account "radicalizing democrats with a Russian botskandal" and points to stories about the phenomenon of the common media. "Roy Moore flooded with fake Russian Twitter followers," reported New York Post. Inside the Moore campaign, officials began to worry about online interference. "We had suspicions that something strange was…

Of dozens of conservative alabama-oriented pages on Facebook that he wrote to, only one responded. “You are in a particularly interesting position and from what we have read of your policy, we would be inclined to support you,” wrote the above-mentioned operator. After Watson responded to a single question of abortion rights as a kind of test, the page gave approval but no money.

“They never spent a r Destiny dime as far as I know what I did – they just kind of told their 400 followers, “Hi, vote for this guy,” says Watson.

Mr. Watson never spoke with the author or author of the page by phone, and they declined a request for a meeting. But he noticed something unusual: his Twitter followers ballooned suddenly from about 100 to about 10,000. Facebook site operators asked Watson if he trusted someone to set up a super-PAC that could get funding and offered advice on how One could sharpen his appeal to disenchanted Republican voters.

Shortly before the election, the page sent him a message, wishing him luck.

The report does not tell if the project bought Russian bot Twitter accounts that suddenly began to follow Mr. Moore. But it takes into account “radicalizing democrats with a Russian botskandal” and points to stories about the phenomenon of the common media. “Roy Moore flooded with fake Russian Twitter followers,” reported New York Post.

Inside the Moore campaign, officials began to worry about online interference.

“We had suspicions that something strange was happening,” said Rich Hobson, Mr. Moore’s campaign manager. Mr. Hobson said that, although he did not remember any difficult evidence of disturbances, the campaign complained to Facebook about potential chicery.

All these things can make a difference, “said Hobson.” It’s definitely frustrating, and we still kick ourselves as Judge Moore did not win. “

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