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.

  • http://twitter.com/die_mich_zwei Spatial Awareness

    I’m SHOCKED! #notreally

  • http://twitter.com/Edward_von_Bear Edward von Bear

    Like the line from Goldfinger: “Once is happenstance, twice is a coincidence…”

    • mike_in_kosovo

      Three times is liberal idiocy?

      • Ronin

        That’s infinite.

        • mike_in_kosovo

          Well, yes…but that wouldn’t fit the rest of the quote, now would it?

  • V the K

    Their outrage is phony too

  • http://apostrophejones.com/ Gloves Donahue, Jr.

    You mean they violated the sacred NBC code of ethics???

    • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

      That made my weekend!

    • Cool_Arrow

      NO! They followed it!
      Sheesh!

    • Shawn Smith

      1. Teach that all morality is relative.
      2. Act shocked, SHOCKED when people lie and cheat.

  • JINNASH

    That whole network is full of it!!!
    Guess its time to edit some more tapes or work with CBS on how to create “fake but accurate” documents.

  • Cool_Arrow

    All the busty girls follow Rachel.

    • TheOriginalDonald

      Jenny McCarthy, Christina Hendricks, and Kat Dennings follow Madcow???????????

      • Cool_Arrow

        They don’t know he’s already mid-transition.

        • Red_Right_Returning

          To what?

          • LibLieExposer

            Hopefully to unemployment.

  • NeoKong

    That is so cheesy.

  • peteee363

    this is why i am hoping for the cable suppliers to go ala carte, this will shut down these pathetic stations once and for all. intel is supposed to be rolling this out this year. you can help but cutting your cable, or cancel your dish. then demand that you will return only if they make all programming ala carte. this will immediately bankrupt half of all the cable channels, msnbc will be one of the first to go!

    • Richard Wayne

      In the mean time, one can just go without cable if they really want to prove their point. Internet is more than enough.

      • peteee363

        i did cut my cable, almost a year ago, and i only stream now.

    • Dave Smith

      careful what you wish for. the fox might just disappear.

    • Scott Koontz

      I too am assured of not even flipping by Fox “News” by using Netflix. It would be nice to see Fox “News” subscribers sequestered into pockets of a a few red states.

    • Scott Koontz

      I too am assured of not even flipping by Fox “News” by using Netflix. It would be nice to see Fox “News” subscribers sequestered into pockets of a a few red states.

  • b_truit

    Edit…

  • Liars Never Win

    If it wasn’t for sockpuppets and idiots MSNBC would have no viewers.

    • Dave Smith

      nice projection…

    • Bud-Kathy Jones

      What have you got against sock puppets?

    • Bud-Kathy Jones

      What have you got against sock puppets?

  • http://www.facebook.com/alyson.stewart.10 Alyson Stewart

    What a bunch of losers!

  • Bozo Sapien

    According to comments on The Huffington Post, it’s an “obvious smear campaign by the right” to make MSNBC’s commentators look bad. Soon they’ll be claiming all the accounts belong to Bush.

    • Scott Anderson

      All true statements about the left are obvious smear campaigns by extreme right-wingers.

      It’s in the handbook. Page 23, section 7

      • Dave Smith

        you have a “handbook”?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/Z2H3PE5CEFXDNRP6W44UXSUF7A StarDust5062

    Imagine the Left denying something. Hmph

  • Dimart45

    So why would this be a surprise? These people are liars and cheaters with no real professional talent and few viewers. Why WOULDN’T they use spam-bots? FYI to MSNBC – these commentators do not need a smear campaign to make them LOOK bad. The ARE bad!

  • TJCrane_NCC1701

    MSNBC is debunking a previously held theory:

    You can’t stack sh!t that high…..

  • SJ’s Dad

    Imagine what their ratings would be like WITHOUT spambots!

  • teapartydoc

    They are as authentic as any Democrat absentee ballot.

  • Opie77

    So, MSNBC hires Axelrod, who owns an astroturfing company called ASK Public Strategies and then MSNBC is found to be astroturfing. I’m sure that’s just a coincidence though.

  • Aaron1960

    These vapid tweets have more content of substance than the MSNBC shows themselves.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mike.bustinio Mike Bustinio

    Moron left is redundant.

  • Fake_Name2

    Looks like followersdelivery has been suspended, as of Monday morning. Hmmmmmmmm………

  • gotroy22

    Mancow is parsing away!

  • Dick Beninya

    Twitter astroturfing #axelrod

  • Bob Almighty

    No, it’s true, all of these Left Wing followers are robots

  • Matthew Nadler

    Interesting that you don’t mention that Maddow says they’re not responsibile until the end. In fact, I don’t see anything here that actually connects Maddow or MSNBC with the spam. Do you have any evidence that MSNBC is working with Followers Delivery, or are you just making shit up?

    • TroyGates

      Because MSNBC would admit to it right? The first instinct is to say “I didn’t do it” when caught doing something unethical.

    • http://commentspammersmustdie.blogspot.com/ Kakarot

      So, Matt, you’re saying that some total stranger not linked to Maddow or MSNBC at all, might have just decided to launch a bunch of spambots to make MADDOW’s show look better? OK, if you insist.

      PS: What else would you expect Maddow to say? That is the dog that not only didn’t bark, but lay down and took a nap.

    • D Sanon

      this one time at band camp, Karl put some Vaseline on his violin bow and blamed the brass players…

  • Dave Smith

    looks like a Rovian “bug” to me… better luck next time twinky

  • IDon’tCareWhatYouThink

    Followersdelivery.com was first registered on February 26, 2013 (per whois.com). Awfully coincidental. Also, even if it is legit and not a false flag by you nitwits, there’s no evidence anyone at MSNBC paid for this; their webpage is crap (no brick and mortar, sketchy phishing for emails, etc.) so they might have just done it on their own so they could pretend to have clients.

    • http://commentspammersmustdie.blogspot.com/ Kakarot

      So, if I’m following your argument correctly, your main point is that MSNBC would have used a better known, more established spambot company? If that helps you sleep at night, fine by me.

      • souphands

        Followersdelivery isn’t even a company. It’s a domain that was just registered a few days ago for the sole purpose of fabricating this story. Malkin has no shame.

        • http://commentspammersmustdie.blogspot.com/ Kakarot

          Maddow does??

          (“Maddow does have shame??”, I mean, just for clarity)

    • http://commentspammersmustdie.blogspot.com/ Kakarot

      So, if I’m following your argument correctly, your main point is that MSNBC would have used a better known, more established spambot company? If that helps you sleep at night, fine by me.

    • Scott Koontz

      It appears that Rove doesn’t have the funds left to make this even appear legit. Just more proof that Altemeyer is on target.

    • Scott Koontz

      It appears that Rove doesn’t have the funds left to make this even appear legit. Just more proof that Altemeyer is on target.

  • Scott Koontz

    Looks like Malkin has created this outrage by manufacturing the story. Will be interesting to see if she had someone creating the accounts because of the continued slide of the right into obscurity.

    • http://commentspammersmustdie.blogspot.com/ Kakarot

      hmmmm…

      So you are saying Michelle Malkin decided to pump up various MSNBC shows, just so she could debunk the boost? Seems kind of self-defeating to me.

      A lot of people are never going to hear the boost was nothing but astroturf. Then there are the folks who’ll refuse to believe the boost was astroturf in the first place.

  • Scott Koontz

    Looks like Malkin has created this outrage by manufacturing the story. Will be interesting to see if she had someone creating the accounts because of the continued slide of the right into obscurity.

  • http://twitter.com/ForrestSargente Forrest Sargente

    These aren’t really ‘spambots’, this is what passes for lefty ‘grassroots’ support.