The Washington Post reports:
Teenagers, some of them minors, are being paid to pump out the messages at the direction of Turning Point Action, an affiliate of Turning Point USA, the prominent conservative youth organization based in Phoenix, according to four people with independent knowledge of the effort.
Their descriptions were confirmed by detailed notes from relatives of one of the teenagers who recorded conversations with him about the efforts.
The effort generated thousands of posts this summer on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, according to an examination by The Post and an assessment by an independent specialist in data science. Nearly 4,500 tweets containing identical content that were identified in the analysis probably represent a fraction of the overall output.
Twitter and Facebook have removed some of the accounts. According to the above-linked article, the teens are not being paid minimum wage, but can earn bonuses if their posts gain traction.
A domestic troll-farm using child labor to pump out misleading and false political messages against @JoeBiden without legal disclaimers is being run by the non-profit @TPUSA headed by community college dropout @CharlieKirk11. https://t.co/rTcXk9PP9c
— Rick Tyler-Still Right (@rickwtyler) September 15, 2020
Turning Point Action enlists teenagers in ‘troll farm’ spreading coordinated pro-Trump messaging – The Washington Post https://t.co/dcQN6Bj6Yh
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) September 15, 2020
Fascinating reporting on how Turning Point USA, a pro-Trump youth group, has built a troll farm to secretly enlist teenagers in spreading Trump talking points and disinformation designed to evade social media guardrails. An @isaacstanbecker scoop —> https://t.co/2WrAdHKdcR
— Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) September 15, 2020
Teenagers, some of them minors, are being paid to pump out posts like “Don’t trust Dr. Fauci” and voting disinformation at the direction of an affiliate of Turning Point USA – copying the spam-like like behavior of bots and trolls https://t.co/ZDYo5qZnv5
— Vera Bergengruen (@VeraMBergen) September 15, 2020