It's not often that the majority of the tweets containing a given hashtag turn out to have been posted with TweetDeck, but so it goes with #UnSoloPaís. 627 of 667 tweets (94%) posted over the last week containing this hashtag were sent via TweetDeck.

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Most of these tweets came from a network of 107 Spanish-language accounts that tweet almost exclusively via TweetDeck. These accounts were created between August 2020 and April 2021, mostly in batches of multiple accounts. ImageImageImageImage
These accounts tweet a variety of hashtags, with #UnSoloPais (the unaccented form of #UnSoloPaís) being the most frequent, and various hashtags supporting President-elect of Ecuador Guillermo Lasso and attacking his opponent Andrés Arauz turning up frequently. ImageImage
The content the network retweets is similar: pro-Lasso and anti-Arauz tweets. 3158 of 19822 of tweets retweeted by the botnet are of other accounts in the network, with the remainder mostly being larger political/media accounts. Image
In addition to the political content, most of the accounts in this network tweet repetitive Spanish greetings/pleasantries. (Some of these are obviously common phrases that are also tweeted by accounts that aren't bots/socks, but some of the repeated tweets are more distinctive.) Image
Finally, as is often the case with bot/sock networks, these accounts use stolen profile pics. TinEye was more effective at dealing with this bunch of images than either Google or Yandex reverse image searches. Image
Footnote: this network is similar to another (now suspended) Ecuador-focused TweetDeck network we looked at back in March:

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