Politics

Trump Fans Impersonate Clinton, Tweet Fake Voting Info

| by Michael Allen

Supporters of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump have been tweeting fake messages loaded with false voting information, and pretending to be part of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's campaign.

According to BuzzFeed News, Robert McNees, a professor at Loyola University, noticed the fake tweets while watching the Twitter account of a popular racist, alt-right, pro-Trump user.

The fake tweets told voters how they could "save time" and "avoid the line" by using their cell phones to "vote from home" by texting "Hillary" to a number, which is not true. The fake tweets appeared to target whites, blacks and Latinos, and included this fake claim: "Paid for by Hillary for President 2016."

McNees notified Twitter about the misleading tweets, and was told in a lengthy letter from Twitter that these actions (to manipulate the presidential election) were not a violation of the social media site's rules.

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Twitter’s rules state: "Twitter accounts portraying another person in a confusing or deceptive manner may be permanently suspended."

However, after BuzzFeed News published its story about the fake tweets, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted to BuzzFeed News writer Charlie Warzel: "not sure how this slipped past us, but now it's fixed."

Twitter subsequently deleted the fake tweets.

In more political news, a new Reuters/Ipsos poll released Nov. 2 has Clinton ahead of Trump by 6 points with likely voters.

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The poll was taken Oct. 28 through Nov. 1, which is significant as FBI Director James Comey notified Congress (and the world) on Oct. 28 that the agency would investigate more emails that might be pertinent to Clinton's email case.

Law enforcement officials have told news sites that the emails in question are not from Clinton or sent to Clinton, but are related to former Clinton aide Huma Abedin and her estranged husband, Anthony Weiner.

Michael Isikoff of Yahoo! News told Democracy Now! Oct. 31:

But based on what the FBI knows at this point—they just got the search warrant last night—they have no idea of the content of the emails.

They can see that these were emails forwarded from—by Huma Abedin at the State Department to an account. It might be—have been a personal Yahoo account, or it might have been her Clinton email server account that she had access to on this laptop she shared—apparently shared with her husband.

But what was in those emails, we don’t know ... That’s 650,000 emails that were on the computer. Most of those were Anthony Weiner’s emails. Some portion of them, in the thousands, perhaps tens of thousands, were Abedin emails.

Sources: BuzzFeed News, Reuters, Democracy Now! / Photo credit: Robert McNees/Twitter

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