This isn’t necessarily a new story, but it is entertaining…
According to Slate, “As many as 22 staffers screened posts for his social media accounts during his 2012 presidential campaign.”
And according to another article by Slate, Mitt Romney’s “…campaign has certainly been paying Twitter for promoted tweets—though that’s a legitimate advertising practice meant to attract genuine followers, not bots, and doesn’t usually lead to such a rapid spike. There are services out there that offer to artificially pump up your Twitter following for a price (including some that pay real people to follow certain accounts). And if a former Newt Gingrich staffer is to be believed, Romney’s campaign wouldn’t be the first to avail itself of that option. (Gingrich campaign officials denied the charge, though an analysis of his followers seemed to substantiate it.)”
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