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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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Fringe news source frontpagemag(dot)com decided to publish a conspiracy theory-laden diatribe from Milo Yiannopoulos about the Notre Dame fire, so we in turn decided to look at bots linking the site.

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We downloaded tweets linking frontpagemag(dot)com, resulting in 5135 tweets from 2862 accounts. Only 15 (0.5%) accounts, responsible for 144 (2.8%) of tweets, appear to be automated, which isn't a terribly remarkable percentage. One in particular merits a closer look, however...
14 of the 15 accounts were flagged as automated based on use of automation services and/or 24/7 activity. One of the major nodes in the network, @aiiamericangiri (lowercase because #keming) does not meet these criteria, but we classified it as automated anyway. Why?
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