It’s not just Rachel Maddow: Ed Schultz, Joe Scarborough have Twitter spambots, too

As Free Republic noted yesterday, an army of spambots has been polluting Twitter with tweets promoting a hashtag for Rachel Maddow’s MSNBC show. Twitchy covered the story here.

It appears that similar spambots have been promoting other MSNBC shows, not just Maddow’s:

https://twitter.com/Ajahlmc/status/308015344113569793

https://twitter.com/Desirehgrw/status/308132359113408513

https://twitter.com/Marielthft/status/307968937969205248

https://twitter.com/Larhondaqmgd/status/307934775988080640

https://twitter.com/Irinaopas/status/307924849584664576

https://twitter.com/Ashelysiof/status/307920839884562432

https://twitter.com/releqedop/status/307830923540451328

https://twitter.com/Yaelrijh/status/308100186809450496

https://twitter.com/Devinxbrt/status/308054069816197120

https://twitter.com/Izettackjv/status/308048305257066497

https://twitter.com/Shonnasdxo/status/307932269241327616

https://twitter.com/Autumntlmx/status/307931248301572096

https://twitter.com/Tommiefrvl/status/307931100318154752

https://twitter.com/BreettR4763/status/307295487701168128

https://twitter.com/Somermjkf/status/308132179215544320

https://twitter.com/Inezmisw/status/308125713846910976

https://twitter.com/Garnetthwlw/status/307914224343056384

https://twitter.com/Tonyagcgd/status/307857815316357121

https://twitter.com/dougdoes/status/307460373588611073

Twitchy looked at about a dozen of these accounts and noted some common characteristics. First, most (not all) have small numbers of tweets and small numbers of followers, suggesting that they probably are not bona fide Twitter users.

Second, most (not all) of the profiles link to a service called Followers Delivery. The service claims to sell 100,000 Twitter followers for $320. It also sells Facebook likes and YouTube views.

Consider, for example, the account of “Sally McCalley” aka twitter user @Shonnasdxo.  She has two followers and has tweeted just 6 times, with her first tweet appearing just yesterday. Her profile links to Followers Delivery.

Aside from her tweet promoting The Ed Show, at least three of her tweets are identical to tweets published by other Twitter users:

https://twitter.com/Shonnasdxo/status/308107664955699200

https://twitter.com/E_Ames93/status/307298806083514368

https://twitter.com/Shonnasdxo/status/308067101011222529

https://twitter.com/Yanee_M/status/307302680739581952

https://twitter.com/Shonnasdxo/status/307924542905528321

https://twitter.com/Kriskjly/status/307685770670514176

Goblinbooks, a liberal blogger, says “I’m no fan of Drudge or the Freepers, but it may be time for these shows to comment on the matter. Something is happening.”

The Maddow show said yesterday that the show and its producers are not responsible. That doesn’t preclude the possibility that someone else at MSNBC is responsible.

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