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Monday, May 27, 2024

Spamouflage is famous for being widespread and ineffective. A new tactic targeting Trump supporters suggests that may be starting to change.



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... "A vote for Trump is a vote for America," wrote Ben on X on March 9"four days after the results of the Super Tuesday vote effectively cleared the floor for Donald Trump to win the Republican nomination.

Ben, whose X handle featured four U.S. flags and "MAGA 2024," had introduced himself to his fellow Trump fans a few months earlier as a 43-year-old in Los Angeles who was "passionately and loyally supporting President Trump! MAGA!!! #Trump2024," alongside a picture of himself out hiking.

But here's the twist: Ben is not a real person. In fact, the photo the account shared was stolen from a Danish hiking blogger, and "Ben" was part of a new and concerning tactical evolution by an infamous Chinese influence operation that, after years of ineffectiveness, might finally be getting the hang of it. ...

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2024-05-27 06:07 PM | Reply


The usual deep dive, with lots of info and screenshots.

Worth a read, imo, if you're interested in this topic.

#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2024-05-27 06:08 PM | Reply


... and since MAGA seems to cherish online postings that represent their alternative-facts echo chamber, I'd proffer the view that the Chinese have found some quite gullible and willing readers of the account.

#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2024-05-27 06:10 PM | Reply

"How a Chinese Operation Targets Pro-Trump Communities Online"

We see how it happens here every day.

#4 | Posted by snoofy at 2024-05-27 06:17 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

IAMRUNT made the news. Congrats.

#5 | Posted by reinheitsgebot at 2024-05-27 06:20 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

So did Effete...

#6 | Posted by earthmuse at 2024-05-28 06:41 AM | Reply

The only thing truly bad about this is that it appears liberals think these types of antics are being done to help the Rep party. Since liberals are so full of themselves and can't be objective, they are completely incapable of spotting fake news and propaganda targeted at them. But, of course and as usual, if something is being positive towards the Dem party, liberals will never question it or think that it's bad in any way.

#7 | Posted by humtake at 2024-05-28 02:31 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Oh, and let's think about who China wants more in office. The guy who wants to get rid of trade with them, create huge tariffs, etc....or the guy who is openly trying to give China more and more of our business.

I would say it's a no brainer but, apparently, it isn't.

#8 | Posted by humtake at 2024-05-28 02:32 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

China definitely wants Trump.
Trump will give them Taiwan tied up with a ribbon and bow.
Ukraine, too.
And what's in it for Trump?
HA! Do I even need to list everything?

So yeah, China wants Trump. No brainer, as you said.

#9 | Posted by YAV at 2024-05-28 02:36 PM | Reply

I would say it's a no brainer


With utmost sincerity, if there's anyone who understands no brains it's you.

#10 | Posted by Zed at 2024-05-28 02:40 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

(BTW, That's why China is targeting Trump voters)

#11 | Posted by YAV at 2024-05-28 02:40 PM | Reply

"Oh, and let's think about who China wants more in office."

China wants the easily manipulated idiot in office.

Even an idiot should be able to understand that.

#12 | Posted by snoofy at 2024-05-28 02:50 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Presidents for Life like Xi and Vlad are role models for Trump.

And, as Trump means a For Sale! sign on American Gov, they support him as much as possible.

#13 | Posted by Corky at 2024-05-28 02:58 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

2016 proved how stupid and gullible and weak Americans are

#14 | Posted by hamburglar at 2024-05-29 06:30 AM | Reply

Well if you're trying to brainwash people, you start with the dumbest bunch you can find.

China hit the mark.

#15 | Posted by Nixon at 2024-05-29 07:20 AM | Reply

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