Fake news is now turning into fake tweets. Twitter is seeing a growing trend of fake accounts posing as Black supporters of President Donald Trump, then vanish from the Internet after pushing right-wing propaganda to a large following.
Fake Accounts Called ‘Digital Blackface’
According to the Washington Post, researchers discovered a small network of about two dozen accounts that generated more than 265,000 retweets and mentions on Twitter over the course of a few days, gaining thousands of followers before Twitter could block the fake accounts. The accounts have profile pics of random Black people taken from the Internet; they tend to use identical language and hit the same pro-Trump talking points.
Republican Agenda Being Pushed
One example of these fake accounts had the Twitter handle @CopJrCliff, featuring a pic of a Black police officer and the words “VOTE REPUBLICAN.” The account posted only eight tweets but gained 24,000 followers. A few days after it was created, the account was gone.
2Pac’s Brother Rips Trump For ‘Disrespectful’ Prank
The stepbrother of late rap legend Tupac Shakur called out the head of state for a prank involving ‘Pac that the president’s campaign directed at Joe Biden‘s running mate Kamala Harris. Mopreme Shakur spoke to TMZ about the incident, in which the Trump campaign left a ticket for 2Pac at the vice presidential debate after Harris had previously called 2Pac the “best rapper alive.”
Trey Songz Blasts Donald Trump Over COVID-19
R&B singer Trey Songz is taking coronavirus seriously. Despite President Donald Trump downplaying the seriousness of COVID-19, the popular crooner recently announced his approach to dealing with the infection. Trigger Trey went to his Instagram page to break the shocking news. Songz used the opportunity to take a jab at Trump for telling Americans not to be scared of the coronavirus effects. Trey also said he believed his grandfather recently passed away from COVID-19 complications.
“I’ve always taken it serious. If you come in contact with COVID, please do the same. Please do the same. Don’t be like the president. Much love and peace, y’all. I thank you in advance for your support, your love.” -Trey Songz’s Instagram