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.”
— LeftyBollocks (@LeftyBollocks) March 2, 2013
Confession: I use faux tweets to boost interest in my faux outrage #maddow
— GregGutfeld (@greggutfeld) March 2, 2013
Inside Cable News has another take on the story, so in fairness we thought it was important provide an alternative point of view
H/T Laura Lorenzo
Are Maddow or Her Staff Spamming Twitter With Bogus Tweets? ICN Sez No…
ICN investigated…ok it wasn’t that much of an investigation…and I can confidently state that though there may be a tie-in between those tweets, nobody at MSNBC is behind them…
Looking at the individual feeds it’s obvious these are spam accounts, no doubt. They all have zero followers and a low total tweet count. They are full of random gibberish looking tweets. And they all make use of some weird hashtag called #TeamFollowback. So there is definitely a connection of some sort between the accounts.
But the nature of these timelines in my mind conclusively disproves the theory that Maddow, her staff, or anyone connected to MSNBC is behind them. They all violate NBC’s social media policy in one way or another…usually in the “objectionable word” category. If anyone at MSNBC used such language and were found out, they would be punished for sure…possibly even terminated.
More to the point, though, is the fact that if these accounts were supposed to boost the #Maddow hashtag they are doing a piss poor job of it.Read More Inside Cable News.
Spam on #maddow hashtag is not coming from the show or any producers. Have reached out to Twitter to investigate
— msnbcPR (@msnbcPR) March 2, 2013
- Rachel Maddow Using Multiple Fake Twitter Accounts To Boost Mentions Of Show? (riehlworldview.com)
- Busty squad of fake Rachel Maddow fans promotes her show with identical spam tweets (twitchy.com)