Busty squad of fake Rachel Maddow fans promotes her show with identical spam tweets; Update: Accounts suspended, MSNBC tweets statement

A thread at Free Republic suggests that MSNBC host Rachel Maddow “has been using phony twitter accounts to boost her ‘mentions’ on” Twitter. A search yields hundreds of identical tweets like this:

Twitter user @LeftyBollocks shared a screen shot of just some of the tweets from apparent spambots.

The tweets from cleavage-flaunting Maddow “fans” date back to at least Feb. 23. Using the DoesFollow service, Twitchy checked dozens of the accounts to determine whether any actually follow Rachel Maddow on Twitter.

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The answer?

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In fact, many of these accounts have few followers and follow no one, and most have tweeted the hashtag #TeamFollowback. That hashtag is often used by spammers to build follower counts so their accounts seem more legitimate.

You’re unique! Just like every other Maddow-lovin’ spammer.

Did Maddow or one of her staffers launch a paid campaign to trend the #Maddow hashtag on Twitter?

Conservative Twitter users have their suspicions.

For now, the flood of #Maddow spam-tweets appears to have ended.

Heh.

Update:

And … they’re back:

Update:

Twitter suspends fake accounts that pimped Rachel Maddow’s MSNBC show

Update:

MSNBC tweeted a statement that was retweeted by the verified Maddow Blog account.

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