Turning Point USA, the organization started by Charlie Kirk to help educate students on the values of capitalism and small government, has been busted for paying teens in Arizona to spread misinformation online.
The Washington Post reports that the teens were paid to post “don’t trust Dr. Fauci”, false information about voter fraud and asked them to repeatedly post the information over and over in a bot-like fashion.
The teens spent months spreading the information online, and the Post found over 4,000 tweets that came from the campaign.
From The Verge:
“In 2016, there were Macedonian teenagers interfering in the election by running a troll farm and writing salacious articles for money,” Graham Brookie, an expert in digital forensic research, told The Post. “In this election, the troll farm is in Phoenix.”
Turning Point USA responded to the report by saying it was a “gross mischaracterization” of the activities and that it was instead “sincere political activism conducted by real people who passionately hold the beliefs they describe online, not an anonymous troll farm in Russia.”