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why i unequivocally support @JulianCastro for president in 2020 (thread). secretary castro is one of the only candidates who had both local *and* federal (executive) level-experience. he was a mayor of a large u.s. city for five years and later served as secretary of hud. (1/13)
throughout his career, he has been committed to lifting up marginalized people & centering their voices + experiences in every policy he supports. as hud secretary, the agency he oversaw cut veteran homelessness in half. as mayor, he instituted universal pre-K. (2/13)
policing: his policies are unique and boldly progressive. castro was the 1st candidate in the democratic field to release a police reform plan that calls for ending qualified immunity and demilitarizing the police. he has been consistent in standing with #BlackLivesMatter (3/13)
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We started looking at automated activity (and potentially other aspects of) tweets containing various #<candidate first or last name>2020 hashtags (e.g., #Warren2020, #Kamala2020, #Bernie2020, etc.) We examined tweets from Jan 1st - July 3rd, 2019.

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Looking more closely at the 2020 hashtags that have both a significant percentage (we used 10% as a cutoff, 3%-ish is average) of automated activity and at least 1000 tweets, we see sizable volume for tweets posted via VK (Russian Facebook-esque social network.) What's the deal?
The VK activity in the 2020 hashtags comes from 21 very similarly-named accounts. Account names are the display name with "Im" prepended (e.g., "Alberta Swift" = "@ImAlbertaSwift.) All tweets were posted via VK, and none tweeted before 2018 (despite some being created in 2015.)
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