Twitter suspended a conspiracy-peddling account earlier this week for breaking its rules, hours after President Donald Trump retweeted a message from the account calling Democrats “the true enemies of America.
Twitter didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment from HuffPost, but sources told The Daily Beast the account in question, @LYNNTHO06607841, was suspended for violating a rule that prohibits “using multiple accounts to artificially amplify or disrupt conversations.
Days prior to the all-caps post accusing Democrats of election interference, the account posted a conspiratorial meme accusing the Clintons of “torturing and sacrificing children” to harvest their pineal glands. Holy shit.
So effective, it seems, sometimes they win President Trump’s endorsement. “Whenever multiple accounts are used by the same party it is harmful and it skews the discussion and fake news can be propagated very confidently,” Srijan Kumar, a social media and cybersecurity researcher involved in the study, told New Scientist at the time.
The account the president of the United States just retweeted (@LYNNTHO06607841) posted a meme 5 days ago accusing the Clintons of "torturing and sacrificing children" and then consuming their secretions. pic. twitter.
Despite the account’s claim of being “not a bot,” the account was likely a sock puppet: a highly active, fake account used to amplify, echo or distort an online conversation, often quite effectively, a 2017 University of Maryland and Stanford study found.
In July, Trump hosted conservative influencers, bigots and conspiracy theorists at a “Social Media Summit” where he claimed, without evidence, that social media platforms are blocking people from following him.
Trump Retweeted An Unhinged Conspiracy Account, And Twitter Suspended It The account described itself as a “Fierce Trump supporter” and "not a bot.
Trump just retweeted a meme from @LYNNTHO06607841 (who? ) calling the opposition party "THE TRUE ENEMIES OF AMERICA! " pic. twitter.