A new wave of disinformation emerges with anti-Trudeau hashtag - 2019-07-25
The hashtag #TrudeauMustGo went viral last week, driven in part by inauthentic activity including artificial amplification and automation. After National Observer reported on the phenomenon, activity surrounding the hashtag surged for a second time, bringing with it a new wave of disinformation and social media manipulation.
That second wave of activity, beginning on July 18, also swept in a new cluster of hashtags, including #NotABot, which was used in an apparent attempt to deny or debunk allegations that #TrudeauMustGo was being amplified by inauthentic activity.
The hashtag #NotABot — and the associated narrative — could be described as a form of disinformation in itself, said Geoff Golberg, a social media manipulation researcher and founder of social media mapping firm Social Cartograph.