Let’s take a look at some of the more active accounts pushing the hashtag.
Meet “BRI” (@comeatmeehoe), who according to their Twitter bio is from Queens, NY:
“Bri” has tweeted more than 600 times today (September 10th, 2019) and more than 1,600 times over the past 3 days.
In the first 10 days of September, the account has tweeted over 3,000 times.
Then there’s “FnerbyShnerb” (@FShnerb) from the UK:
“FnerbyShnerb” has tweeted 947 times today and more than 2,000 times over the past 3 days.
In the last 5 days, the account has tweeted over 3,200 times.
Andy (@Andy49925004) is relatively new to Twitter (account was created less than a month ago) and is still rocking a default profile and background image:
The account was created on August 16th, 2019, and had only tweeted twice until today (when @Andy49925004 tweeted 330 times).
Moreover, Andy has retweeted tweets that include #YangBeatsTrump 228 times today (inclusive of retweets, it has tweeted the hashtag a total of 233 times today):
Finally, meet Drewy (@Drew45475026), who according to their Twitter bio is an Iraq Vet:
Drewy has tweeted more than 600 times today and nearly 1,000 times over the past 3 days.
In the first 10 days of September, the account has tweeted over 1,500 times.
At the time of data collection, #YangBeatsTrump had clocked around 15K tweets.
It certainly appears that coordinated inauthentic activity has contributed to #YangBeatsTrump trending.
For example, the 4 accounts reviewed in this post have tweeted the hashtag 1,151 times alone! (8% of the 15K tweets)
Geoff Golberg is an NYC-based researcher (and entrepreneur) who is fascinated by graph visualization/network analysis — more specifically, when applied to social networks and blockchain activity. His experience spans structured finance, ad tech, and digital marketing/customer acquisition, both at startups and public companies.
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