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Fake Twitter accounts being used to garner support for Netanyahu

An Israeli watchdog group has found a network of hundreds of social media accounts, many of them fake, used to smear opponents of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in next week’s election and to amplify the messages of his Likud party, the New York Times reported citing an independent organisation known as the Big Bots Project.

The watchdog said that “the network operates through manipulations, slander, lies and spreading rumours” and that “on its busiest days, the network sends out thousands of tweets a day.”

The network’s activity is said to have intensified almost fivefold since the election was called in December, and “is mobilized at climactic moments for Netanyahu, such as the announcement of the indictment against him.”

It’s suspected that the network may have violated Israeli laws pertaining to elections, campaign finance, privacy and taxation.

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