Some of Donald Trump’s support on Twitter comes from accounts with zero followers who tweet identical messages and who have been part of social media marketing campaigns in the past.
Patrick Ruffini, a conservative activist and anti-Trump supporter, noticed that several hundred accounts have used word-for-word language to urge voters to opt out of Ted Cruz robocalls or emails and file complaints with the Federal Communications Commission.
Some of the accounts also send advertisements for all manner of web-based entities designed to show up in trending topics and search results for various topics.
These accounts, Ruffini discovered, have a history of tweeting the same messages:
This group also collectively retweeted @DanScavino 13,000 times.
— Patrick Ruffini (@PatrickRuffini) April 8, 2016
Dan Scavino is the director of social media for the Trump campaign.
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