White House trolls Twitter

| February 25, 2013

Lance Cooley sends us a link from The Hill which reports that Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) and his staff uncovered an effort to troll his office with pro-gun-control Tweets;

Stockman said that in response to Obama’s call for people to tweet their congressman in support of gun control legislation, he received just 16 tweets. But he said all of these messages were identical, and that a closer look at them revealed that only six were from real people.

“The other 10 are fake, computer-generated spambots,” his office said in a press release. As evidence, he said these 10 tweets use default graphics and names, and have not engaged in any interaction with other people. Two of the tweets were sent at nearly the same time, and both follow just one person: Brad Schenck, Obama’s former digital strategist.

So, I’m guessing that they can’t summon enough of the Obama For America crowd to have an impact on the gun issue. That should give them an indication of how the elections are going to go next year if they persist in this whole gun control thing.

Category: Barack Obama/Joe Biden

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  1. Powerpoint Ranger says:

    From what I’ve seen of Steve Stockman thus far, I’m pretty impressed. He (or his staff at least) seems to be much more tech and media savvy than 3/4 of the congressional Republicans. At the very least, he grasps the basic idea of how those mediums are used to push an agenda and create a false reality.

  2. Hondo says:

    This incident brings to mind a certain fake memo from about 8 1/2 years ago . . . .

  3. DaveO says:

    No wonder Obama’s selling access to himself at $500,000. Trolls who work for free are stupid trolls.

  4. streetsweeper says:

    You saw the article on OFA.net website that redirects to the NRA?

  5. Freddy says:

    This most likely only means their next wave of fake users will be a bit more sophisticated and harder to detect.