Twitter is a wild and dangerous place. I fell into one particular rabbit hole called #WeDemandAVote several days ago. The seeds of this hashtag were sown in the State of the Union Address:
Next came a follow-up call-to-arms: We Demand A Vote (but not a vote on actually amending the Constitution properly, mind you).
After that, I was alerted to the apparent use of spamming by gun control advocates using fake accounts to tweet on the WeDemandAVote hashtag. I’ve been scanning and responding to these tweets ever since.
Many of the #WeDemandAVote tweets are clearly from real people; these folks may be Obamabots but they are not spambots. Still, the excess of egg-avatar spam was too obvious to be ignored:
I have tweeted an “are you real or spam” message to dozens of suspicious #WeDemandAVote tweeters, and so far exactly zero have responded to my inquiries. A few real Twitter users have noticed my inquiries and vehemently denied the existence of spam, using that special unicorn logic: “well I’m real therefore all accounts are real.”
Uh-huh. One of the “spam deniers” actually deleted his tweet after I sent a couple of examples his way and asked if he had verified them as authentic. (I guess that meant no.)
After a few days, the egg avatars became less prominent on the #WeDemandAVote string, but the spam didn’t go away. The spammers just got more elaborate, using older accounts and/or actual photographs. Here is a likely candidate:
The good news is, as of today this spamming appears to have mercifully ended. The only folks left on #WeDemandAVote are die-hard Keepers of the Faith, as well as some #TCOT patriots itching for argument.
Oh, bonus: My diligent responses to the suspected spam tweets in the #WeDemandAVote string really really really annoyed one of those die-hards. You know, every time a leftist is annoyed an angel gets his wings.
The bad news is, the agitators responsible for this astroturfing fakery have probably not quit. The spam isn’t really gone. It has just been redirected to new hashtags.
Like the hashtags promoting MSNBC shows.