If you believed the rumours circulating on the left around the last presidential election, which promoted a widely circulated conspiracy theory alleging a fraudulent “deep state” conspiracy to prevent the election of Hillary Clinton, a few blips of activity on the technology world’s message boards and Twitter timelines suddenly made the whole thing look like Kremlin disinformation.
Now the QAnon conspiracy, which has manifested itself in various ways, including via musings from Republican Congressman and Trump supporter Devin Nunes, is looking to use AI to repeat the Republican strategy in 2020.
During last year’s campaign, GOP apparatchiks tweeted thousands of advertisements whose timing was intended to look like bot-generated posts during elections in Georgia and Utah. Instead, the posts, which required voters to hit “like” or “retweet” on a handful of ads to agree with said post, were, in fact, robot-generated.
The QAnon group is continuing the practice in 2020 by ginning up posts that look “of the people, for the people” to increase influence, according to The New York Times.