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Surprise: Boris Johnson can work a computer. Actually I wonder if this was the moment he realised that someone besides himself has apparently created a huge army of fake followers to make him look popular online.

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:

And he continued with a thread on the subject, beginning as follows:

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:

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?

Have YOU donated to my crowdfunding appeal, raising funds to fight false libel claims by TV celebrities who should know better? These court cases cost a lot of money so every penny will help ensure that wealth doesn’t beat justice.

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