08 Aug '11, 11pm

Republican Swarms Twitter with Fake Accounts to Promote Tar Sands Pipeline

The office of a former Nebraska Senator working for the American Petroleum Institute appears to have set up more than a dozen fake Twitter accounts to promote the KeystoneXL tar sands pipeline. Followers of the #tarsands hashtag on Twitter may have noticed a strange spike in posts yesterday morning. Within three minutes, fifteen accounts (here’s the listthe list has since grown ) all posted the message “#tarsands the truth is out! [link] ” linking to API’s web page about oil sands . Then came another post from the same accounts, this time linking to theNebraska Energy Forum , one of 26 state-based-front-groups sponsored by API in the lead up to the 2012 election. Then a flurry of posts late last night from those same accounts, all linking to a post on “publicaffairsinformant.com ” touting KeystoneXL and linking back to the Nebraska Energy Forum. WTF? Let’s connect the dots...

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