Trump aide sought to hire Israeli troll farm to win primary, NYT reports

According to a new report from The New York Times, a top Trump campaign aide sought proposals from an Israeli company that would work to build an army of fake social media profiles to sway the outcome of the 2016 election. Despite requesting these proposals, the Times could not confirm whether the campaign staff actually acted upon them.

The company, Psy-Group, would use armies of “authentic looking” sock puppet accounts to spread misinformation across social media, a tactic that has become ever more familiar following the 2016 election cycle and Russian political ad spending. Specifically, Psy-Group was able use social media to develop the profile of what a “persuadable delegate” would look like online, targeting up to 2,500 of them…

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