No – Boris Johnson isn’t fantastically popular. But it seems BoJob loyalists are trying to make it seem that way, using automated Twitter accounts to artificially boost the amount of support his tweets get.
And it seems they’ll try to silence anyone pointing this out by trying to log into the critic’s Twitter account for malicious purposes.
What charming friends Mr Johnson has! Can they be prosecuted for this behaviour?
Chris Furlong is the left-wing activist who discovered the rather clumsy attempt at sleight-of-hand. He pointed it out as follows:
The latest @BorisJohnson tweet got thousands of retweets & likes within an hour. However, when you check the accounts retweeting/liking it,many have no or very few followers, never tweeted themselves, brand new accounts. Who is paying for the many thousands in The Boris Bot Army? pic.twitter.com/yatiNnXx5h
— One eighth of a mile (@EighthOfAMile_) August 20, 2019
And he continued with a thread on the subject, beginning as follows:
This is @Supergosh1 . It has two followers. It was set up nearly 19 months ago but has never tweeted. In fact there is only two activities on the account in all that time. One of them is liking a @BorisJohnson tweet. #BorisBotArmy pic.twitter.com/t9Fl4MaCHG
— One eighth of a mile (@EighthOfAMile_) August 22, 2019
It’s a long thread, in which every entry continues in the same vein as the above. Check it out for yourself.
Then matters took a more similar turn, when he revealed that his account was suffering multiple attempts to hack into it:
Revenge of the #BorisBotArmy ? For the first time since my account was opened there has been a number of login attempts of my account or as Twitter call it "Looks like there was a login attempt from a new device or location". Someone is not happy with what I have posted. pic.twitter.com/3TqeHXB3ub
— One eighth of a mile (@EighthOfAMile_) August 24, 2019
Is the Conservative Party telling its paid social media campaigners (the Tories admitted employing such a group a while ago) to falsely boost its leader’s social media profile? And is it also telling them to target whistleblowers?
That’s what Skwawkbox has suggested – and you can read its account of this phenomenon here.
Personally, having written the piece you are reading now, I’ll just wait and see if anything untoward happens to any of my own accounts.
Let me know if you see any weird tweets purporting to be from me, won’t you?
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