2024 Election: Thousands of Twitter Bots Praise Trump, Target DeSantis and Haley
Summary from the AllSides News Team
The Details: The firm, Cyabra, told the Associated Press (Lean Left bias) that it did not know who created the network of bots, but they were likely created within the U.S. in the last 11 months. The bots were reportedly discovered by identifying patterns in account pages, follower lists, and posts.
For Context: Haley and DeSantis are two high-profile alternatives to Trump in the 2024 Republican presidential primary. DeSantis polls higher than other challengers but has not announced his candidacy, while Haley has announced her campaign and receives about as much support as former Vice President Mike Pence. The bots’ presence echoes the prevalence of fake accounts in 2016 and 2020, when Russia and others attempted to influence U.S. voters online.
How the Media Covered It: Coverage somewhat sparse across the spectrum and largely focused on AP’s report. Some coverage differed on the political impact of bots. While AP said bots “remain a potent force in shaping online political discussion,” and the New York Post (Lean Right bias) said Russian hackers “perfected” social media algorithm manipulation in 2016, National Review (Right bias) noted a recent study which found that Russia’s 2016 efforts “had no measurable impact in changing minds or influencing voter behavior.”
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From the LeftThousands of pro-Trump bots are attacking DeSantis, Haley
Over the past 11 months, someone created thousands of fake, automated Twitter accounts — perhaps hundreds of thousands of them — to offer a stream of praise for Donald Trump.
Besides posting adoring words about the former president, the fake accounts ridiculed Trump’s critics from both parties and attacked Nikki Haley, the former South Carolina governor and U.N. ambassador who is challenging her onetime boss for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.
When it came to Ron DeSantis, the bots aggressively suggested that the Florida governor couldn’t beat Trump, but would be a great...
From the RightNetwork of Twitter bots praises Trump — but slams Haley, DeSantis: report
A network of bots have been busily singing the praises of former President Donald Trump while targeting his political rivals Nikki Haley and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis — as well as trolling critics like Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, according to a report on Monday.
The fake accounts — estimated to number in the hundreds of thousands — are behind popularizing the suggestion that DeSantis, 44, would be unable to defeat Trump, 76, for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination but would make a good running mate.
From the RightThousands of U.S.-Based Twitter Bots Boost Trump, Criticize Haley, DeSantis
Thousands of automated bot accounts on Twitter have worked over the last eleven months to boost former president Donald Trump and attack his critics and 2024 competition, according to a new report.
Cyabra, an Israeli tech firm, told the Associated Press it discovered a network of fake accounts that appear to have been created within the U.S. by an unknown entity.
The bots have targeted former U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley, who is running against Trump for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, as well as Florida governor Ron DeSantis, who is widely seen...