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In wake of last year’s presidential election, investigations into ‘bot sites’ designed to help spread malicious and false content on social media platforms, like Twitter and Facebook, are on the rise.
Among the shocking discoveries, experts are finding no topic is immune from the automated advertisement-like initiatives, including American secession movements.
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According to reports, Russian bots boast well-documented ties to movements here in the U.S., like #Calexit, the California secession movement allegedly run by English teacher Louis J. Marinelli, which promoted California’s independence from the rest of the nation.
Deduced from originating data, it is believed Marinelli ran the movement’s page from a city in Russia near Moscow.
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Additionally, even before the #Calexit movement took shape, earlier ties between Russia and U.S. secession via Texas were found to exist.
In 2015, a man known as Nathan Smith – self proclaimed ‘Foreign Minister’ for the Texas Nationalist Movement – went to visit Moscow and attended a rally with Neo-Nazis and fascists, where Smith told a Russian newspaper Texas was just dying to break away from the U.S.
Bots - Government - Interview - Wildfire
Bots operated by the Russian government spread the interview like electronic wildfire.
The group behind the rally Smith attended in 2015, and again...
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