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Candidate Roy Moore Picks Up Thousands of Russian Twitter Followers

Candidate Roy Moore Picks Up Thousands of Russian Twitter Followers
Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore (Gary Tramontina/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 16 October 2017 09:53 PM

Roy Moore, the Alabama Senate nominee who defeated a Trump-backed candidate in a GOP runoff, picked up thousands of fake Twitter followers over the weekend, including at least 1,100 with Russian names and Twitter bios, and his campaign is blaming it on Democrats, according to the Montgomery Advertiser.

Moore's Twitter account over the weekend nearly doubled in followers from 26,000 to 47,000, but 6,000 of those accounts had been purged by Monday with some help from the social media company.

"We highly doubt that reporters across the country spend most of their free time on Sunday breaking away from church, family, and football to review the Twitter followers of various candidates across the country," Moore's campaign said in an emailed statement. "It is more likely that Doug Jones and Democrat operatives are pulling a political stunt on Twitter and alerting their friends in the media."

Jones' campaign in a statement denied the allegation, saying Moore was "embarrassing the people of Alabama with another disgusting and pathetic lie."

"Maybe Moore should check with Vladimir Putin, who shares his views on depriving people of their civil rights," the statement said.

Last January, the U.S. intelligence community concluded Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2016 ordered an influence campaign to get Trump elected over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in the U.S. presidential election.

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Roy Moore, the Alabama Senate nominee who defeated a Trump-backed candidate in a GOP runoff, picked up thousands of fake Twitter followers, including at least 1,100 with Russian names and Twitter bios, and his campaign is blaming it on Democrats, according to reports.
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