NBC News reports:
Twitter has suspended at least six pro-Howard Schultz accounts for violating its fake accounts policies. Those accounts — @blacks4Schultz, @women_4_schultz, @GaysForSchultz, @PresSchultz2020, @HowardJSchultz, @GOP4Schultz — provide a preview of the kind of fakery researchers expect to see on social media during the 2020 election.
Online astroturfing has become commonplace, used by insiders, outside groups and even foreign governments to sway public opinion and perception. Russia operated thousands of accounts posing as Americans before the 2016 election in an effort to further polarize public opinion and elect Donald Trump.