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Rachel Maddow Busted Using Multiple Fake Twitter Accounts To Boost Mentions Of Her Show
Twitter ^ | 3/1/13 | @LeftyBollocks

Posted on 03/01/2013 8:36:47 PM PST by icwhatudo

A poster on Twitter, upon seeing what he thought were very similar posts referencing MSNBC host Rachel Maddow's show, did some searching and found out that Maddow has been using phony twitter accounts to boost her "mentions" on the popular website.

As can be seen by screenshots collected by a tweeter named @LeftyBollocks, Maddow has massive amount of accounts posting the exact same claim that "Confession: I yell at my TV while watching Rachel #Maddow talk about filibuster reform in the same way most people do during football."

With so many supposedly unique accounts mentioning her name, the term #Maddow has quickly risen to the top of trending topics on twitter-something @LeftyBollocks found odd since her show has so few viewers.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: fakebutaccurate; madcow; madcowdisease; maddow; maddowtwitter; msnbc; pravdamedia; rachelmadcow; rachelmaddow; twitter
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To: phxazbob

RICKY had a good teacher in LISA JACKSON in faking accounts. Come to think of it, the real left only exists in FAKE ACCOUNTS.


51 posted on 03/02/2013 9:00:41 AM PST by spawn44 (MOO)
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To: icwhatudo

Here’s another example of the liberal “Astro-Turf” movement. Why be real?


52 posted on 03/02/2013 9:04:59 AM PST by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: icwhatudo

Found this on Drudge today!

I always saw #Maddow trending on Twitter especially in the last couple of weeks, and was surprised since only like five people watch her show. This explains it.


53 posted on 03/02/2013 9:21:23 AM PST by CountryClassSF
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To: nickcarraway
"How long does it take to set up enough accounts to effect the numbers? It seems like you could do that all day and it would be a drop in the bucket. Do they automate it?"

There are plenty of crowd sourcing services out there where you can buy friends, followers, likes, mentions, and etc to bump up one's Twitter, Facebook, and etc.

54 posted on 03/02/2013 9:54:36 AM PST by SirFishalot
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To: spawn44

Lefties do this all the time... they pose as many different people to make trends seem real, they pose on different conservative websites to start arguments and drive wedges, rather than have discussions.

Hell they vote more than once and they are extremely knowledgeable in driving web traffic. Republicans better get on the ball stop the stupid arguments and start marketing personalities and principles.


55 posted on 03/02/2013 10:19:00 AM PST by mike_9958
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To: icwhatudo

Drudge has picked up this thread... way to go icwhatudo. Guess exposing one more liberal member of the MSM as a manipulative liar is news... (well, to liberals - we know who and what they are...)


56 posted on 03/02/2013 10:54:56 AM PST by GOPJ (To be free is to own one's risk - Jonathan Levy)
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To: sickoflibs; Liz; neverdem

Drudge has picked up this thread... way to go icwhatudo. Guess exposing one more liberal member of the MSM as a manipulative liar is news... (well, to liberals - we know who and what they are...)


57 posted on 03/02/2013 10:55:56 AM PST by GOPJ (To be free is to own one's risk - Jonathan Levy)
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To: icwhatudo

I wonder if she’ll have the bollocks to respond now that Drudge has linked this...


58 posted on 03/02/2013 10:57:52 AM PST by Geronimo
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To: GregNH; icwhatudo

Cool! Thanks!


59 posted on 03/02/2013 11:05:04 AM PST by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: icwhatudo

congrats on being Drudged....I don’t think FR has gotten a mention from Drudge in a long long time


60 posted on 03/02/2013 11:06:05 AM PST by woofie
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To: icwhatudo

You got picked up by Drudge.


61 posted on 03/02/2013 11:30:52 AM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: tenger
It's an issue.

If it wasn't an issue Maddow wouldn't bother being a fake... You know that.

She's counting on people believing her lies - believing Twitter lies... It's like all the dem trolls - and their rent-a-crowd tactics. They hire people off Craig's List to 'protest' too. One lie after another. All meant to trick their own supporters. Yeah, we know they're lying. Who do you think Maddow's 'target' is? It's the liberal idiots who dems always play for fools.

It's all a lie - and Dem paid shills are liars too.

If everyone was as cynical - or knowledgeable as you are tenger - Rachel and dems wouldn't spend a dime pushing the liars they have to pay for... You don't think she makes all these posts do you? She pays the same lowlife trolls the rest of the dems pay. Dems do this because they're trying to play citizens for fools. That's how little respect they have for everyday citizens.

You know that, right? Dems don't pay trolls for nothing...right?

62 posted on 03/02/2013 11:33:11 AM PST by GOPJ (To be free is to own one's risk - Jonathan Levy)
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To: Jet Jaguar; Jim Robinson

Awesome! Hopefully it drives more traffic to Free Republic-my home for nearly 15 years now. Thanks Jim for giving us the platform to not only report the news but to affect what is covered.


63 posted on 03/02/2013 11:50:01 AM PST by icwhatudo (Low taxes and less spending in Sodom and Gomorrah is not my idea of a conservative victory)
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To: icwhatudo

They’re all afflicted with madcow disease.


64 posted on 03/02/2013 12:10:28 PM PST by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: icwhatudo

how pathetic


65 posted on 03/02/2013 12:16:57 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: icwhatudo
Very disappointing, he seemed like such a nice young man.
66 posted on 03/02/2013 12:40:44 PM PST by fungoking (Tis a pleasure to live in the Ozarks)
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To: icwhatudo; Revolting cat!

I overheard some programmers discussing how to flood twitter trends (don’t know if it was a class project or something else).

Only people who should be affected are those who go to the record store with no idea what they should buy until they see what the top ten lists tells them to buy. Same with seeing movies.

This culture is so fixated on “what’s hot right now!” publicity releases. Who gives a f**t what movie had the biggest boxoffice take this weekend? If you don’t have points in the profit or a shareholder stake in the studio, it matters not.


67 posted on 03/02/2013 12:46:57 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: nhwingut


68 posted on 03/02/2013 12:47:59 PM PST by GraceG
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To: Liberty Valance

Wow she looks just as androgynous with long hair and jewelry, note the squared forehead around the eye brows and the rather thick neck.

69 posted on 03/02/2013 12:49:52 PM PST by GraceG
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To: JohnnyP
She hates men so much all the fake accounts are females.

LOL, good catch.

70 posted on 03/02/2013 12:50:33 PM PST by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: Liberty Valance

She looks better as a man.


71 posted on 03/02/2013 12:53:24 PM PST by EnquiringMind (th)
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To: icwhatudo

I wouldn’t blame Maddow for this, as fun as it might be to do so (and think it’s disingenuous for the article to do so): I’ve seen publicly released reports by my own company, completely apolitical stuff, become the subject of similar tweets, where dozens of accounts tweet the exact same thing containing a link to my content. I know I’m not doing it (and it’s a three person company and the other two people know absolutely nothing about Twitter.) I’ve seen the same thing happen with blog posts, too: sites just steal content and pretend it’s their own.


72 posted on 03/02/2013 12:55:44 PM PST by kenboy
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To: GeronL

@Smokeybehr posts on twitter

@icwhatudo @DanRiehl @TwitchyTeam Looks like the #Maddow spambots have all been taken offline. All accounts are coming up as suspended.


73 posted on 03/02/2013 1:01:01 PM PST by icwhatudo (Low taxes and less spending in Sodom and Gomorrah is not my idea of a conservative victory)
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To: icwhatudo

remember there are companies that take payments for doing that, I think even Newt Gingrich got caught doing it a while back.


74 posted on 03/02/2013 1:03:17 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: icwhatudo
MSNBC responds:

msnbcPR ‏@msnbcPR

Spam on #maddow hashtag is not coming from the show or any producers. Have reached out to Twitter to investigate Details

(Just like the decision to release the criminal illegals wasn't Obama?)

75 posted on 03/02/2013 1:04:54 PM PST by icwhatudo (Low taxes and less spending in Sodom and Gomorrah is not my idea of a conservative victory)
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To: icwhatudo
The spamming continues:

Epifania Guyton ‏@iamepifania9343 21 minutes ago

Confession: I yell at my TV while watching Rachel #Maddow talk about filibuster reform in the same way most people do during football.

76 posted on 03/02/2013 1:24:12 PM PST by icwhatudo (Low taxes and less spending in Sodom and Gomorrah is not my idea of a conservative victory)
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To: GeronL

per this NYT article, he and Romney have been accused but both have said they didn’t:

“Fake Twitter followers briefly made the news in July, when Mitt Romney’s Twitter following jumped by more than 100,000 in one weekend — a much faster rate than usual. A flurry of news reports purported to expose the practice of buying followers. “Romney Twitter account gets upsurge in fake followers, but from where?” read a headline on the NBC News Technolog blog.” (The Romney campaign has denied it bought followers.) Similar claims were lobbed at Newt Gingrich last year; his campaign also denied that he paid for any of his 1.3 million-strong Twitter following.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/23/fashion/twitter-followers-for-sale.html?_r=0


77 posted on 03/02/2013 1:28:51 PM PST by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: jiggyboy

I thought I remembered that


78 posted on 03/02/2013 1:32:28 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: icwhatudo

Well that’s good enough for me. They must be real. I wouldn’t even think that there could be such a thing as paid shills.

Maybe they should “reach out” to their own payroll people. “What’s this check for, who is this ‘Beeks’ fellow?”


79 posted on 03/02/2013 1:32:35 PM PST by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: icwhatudo

Ha, they’re just ginning up a new bunch of bots. Statistically improbable first name, check, statistically even more improbable last name, check, female, maybe, check...


80 posted on 03/02/2013 1:35:00 PM PST by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: jiggyboy

we can look these Twitter accounts up and see their history I guess


81 posted on 03/02/2013 1:40:19 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: icwhatudo

These low-life lesbians really rise to the top. Of course their usual haunt is the bottom of the cesspools where they can pick off the young tadpoles.

She and Helen Degenerate would make an interesting pair. No. Wait a minute that wouldn’t work would it? They’re both masculine type lesbos. Anyway, perhaps a new tv sitcom could be worked out using these two high-profile lesbians. It would be a comedy with cameo guests like Rozie O’Doughnut and ex-secretary of steaks: Hillary Rottham Clinton.

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82 posted on 03/02/2013 1:45:17 PM PST by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: jiggyboy

Loura Dolecki, Bev Hibbard and Yasmin Ruts at least do not seem to be active any more, or are suspended


83 posted on 03/02/2013 1:45:47 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: jiggyboy

Jong Bindel also seems to be suspended.

How interesting.


84 posted on 03/02/2013 1:47:33 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Liberty Valance

What is that!?


85 posted on 03/02/2013 1:51:48 PM PST by matt04
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To: icwhatudo

Fake, but accurate... Isn’t this the DAN RATHER defense? LOL... Or, maybe his was... “It sounds like it could be true, so we believe it is & report it as true.”


86 posted on 03/02/2013 1:54:18 PM PST by GogogoStopSTOP (GogogoStopSTOP)
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To: GeronL

LOL yah it’s all coincidental of course. It’s hilarious to see a propaganda campaign pack up and run almost in real time.

Rush might break his own embargo on MSLSD on Monday to comment on this — in this case, he wouldn’t be re-broadcasting their content.


87 posted on 03/02/2013 2:06:05 PM PST by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: JohnnyP

Including one called “Yasmin Ruts”.


88 posted on 03/02/2013 2:10:39 PM PST by rfp1234 (Arguing with a liberal is like playing chess with a pigeon.)
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To: icwhatudo
Hey! We made the big time… sort of:

Icwhatudo / freerepublic.com:
Rachel Maddow Busted Using Multiple Fake Twitter Accounts To Boost Mentions Of Her Show — A poster on Twitter, upon seeing what he thought were very similar posts referencing MSNBC host Rachel Maddow’s show, did some searching and found out that Maddow has been using phony twitter accounts to boost her …
Discussion: Vox Popoli, NewsBusters and Lawyers, Guns & Money

http://www.memeorandum.com/

BTW, isn’t she just following in the Dear Liar’s footstep?

89 posted on 03/02/2013 2:13:01 PM PST by Voice of Reason88 ( Freedom is never lost all at once - Edmund Burke)
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To: rfp1234

Yep.

Many of these have been “suspended”. I guess the system figured out that they were all sockpuppets sending the same messages.


90 posted on 03/02/2013 2:16:02 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: All

The clone army still has a few soldiers, all with very hot profile pics. A real-time twitter search courtesy of another site for the phrase that pays is here:

https://twitter.com/search/realtime?q=%23maddow+confession+football&src=typd

BTW here’s good advice from another site: you’re asking for trouble if you tweet the same thing as a joke, in case Twitter has set up some kind of auto-suspend procedure for this “virus”.


91 posted on 03/02/2013 2:38:54 PM PST by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: GraceG

Are you being critical of God’s work? He did make make her you know. Maybe it’s people like you with opinions like yours that convinced her she was gay anyways.


92 posted on 03/02/2013 2:45:34 PM PST by Almondjoy
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To: jiggyboy
Ha, this one fake account isn't quite ready for prime time yet https://twitter.com/ayyleilanikrain

【RETWEET】#TFBJP #TEAMFOLLOWBACK #500ADAY #TEAMFOLLOWWACK #1000ADAY— Leilani Krain (@ayyleilanikrain) March 2, 2013

#90sBabyFollowTrain Retweet this You follow  I follow back  Unfollow=get unfollowed 👋 Simple 👍 #TeamFollowBack ⚡⚡⚡⚡⚡⚡⚡⚡⚡⚡⚡ 9— Leilani Krain (@ayyleilanikrain) March 2, 2013


93 posted on 03/02/2013 2:48:57 PM PST by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: jiggyboy

Ha, it’s a toss-up as to whether these fake accounts are pretending to be cutie-pie college girls or ghetto drug dealers.

I don’t think I’ve ever met anybody who alternates between sounding like one or the other every couple of seconds.


94 posted on 03/02/2013 2:57:31 PM PST by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: nhwingut
How about this?
95 posted on 03/02/2013 3:22:33 PM PST by pacificpundit
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To: tenger

Really?


96 posted on 03/02/2013 3:28:50 PM PST by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: mike_9958

We don’t need to compete with liberal lowlife losers over the filthy liar’s turf... They own that ... they and the creeps they hire can have it.


97 posted on 03/02/2013 3:34:08 PM PST by GOPJ (To be free is to own one's risk - Jonathan Levy)
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To: icwhatudo

I hope I’m the first one to ask this, and haven’t scrolled down yet to see:
Was she also able to post pix of her bulging penis on Twitter, like
Anthony Weiner??


98 posted on 03/02/2013 3:37:59 PM PST by supremedoctrine (What thou lovest well, remains, the rest is dross.....)
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To: JohnnyP

I glanced at a bunch of those female names, by the way, and they ALL seem like improbable names, created by mismatching a first name from somewhere with a surname from somewhere else.
Believe me, they’re not even real names, and I’m so intrigued by my thesis, I’m gonna google a half dozen of them and report back.If they only show up on this one Twitter thread, you know they’re bogus.


99 posted on 03/02/2013 3:42:42 PM PST by supremedoctrine (What thou lovest well, remains, the rest is dross.....)
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To: supremedoctrine

Oh they’re completely fake. Pick any account and look at its tweets. They’re all an absolutely impossible combination of cutie-pie college student and multiple-offender profanity-prone ghetto drug dealer, with a number of tweets of hashtag-only tags perfectly and completely indicting it as a bot by “teamautofollow”.


100 posted on 03/02/2013 3:57:29 PM PST by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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