Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Truth comes out: Democrats tried to sabotage Roy Moore with second fake Facebook campaign during Alabama election

...The discovery of Dry Alabama, the second so-called false flag operation by Democrats in the fiercely contested Alabama race, underscores how dirty tricks on social media are creeping into American politics. The New York Times reported last month on a separate project that used its own bogus conservative Facebook page and sent a horde of Russian-looking Twitter accounts to follow Mr. Moore’s to make it appear as if he enjoyed Russian support.....

The first of the Alabama efforts was funded by Reid Hoffman, the billionaire co-founder of LinkedIn, who apologized and said he had been unaware of the project and did not approve of the underhanded methods. The second was funded by two Virginia donors who wanted to defeat Mr. Moore — a former judge accused of pursuing sexual relationships with underage girls — according to a participant who would speak about the secret project only on the condition of anonymity and who declined to name the funders.

The two projects each received $100,000, funneled in both cases through the same organization: Investing in Us, which finances political operations in support of progressive causes....

Political social media trickery of this sort is usually well hidden and hard to detect without help from an insider, so it’s difficult to say how common it has become. Some political veterans warn that without new laws or regulations explicitly outlawing fraudulent social media tactics, both parties may feel pressure to use them simply to stay competitive.

Related Coverage:
LinkedIn Co-Founder Apologizes for Deception in Alabama Senate Race... Dec. 26, 2018
Facebook Closes 5 Accounts Tied to Russia-Like Tactics in Alabama Senate Race... Dec. 22, 2018
Doug Jones ‘Outraged’ by Russian-Style Tactics Used in His Senate Race... Dec. 20, 2018
Secret Experiment in Alabama Senate Race Imitated Russian Tactics... Dec. 19, 2018