Accelerationism, spam, and video games

the Titanic sank in the middle of the night, so this comparison doesn’t even make senseOver the last two years, networks of spammy accounts using the #Accelerationism hashtag have repeatedly popped up on multiple social media platforms, including Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. The accounts in these networks post a mix of politically-themed content and content related to auto racing video games, primarily the “Need for Speed” franchise. This content is highly repetitive, with multiple accounts frequently posting the same text, image, or video. Additional signs of inauthenticity abound: many of the accounts in these networks use plagiarized profile photos, and their content has sometimes received amplification from paid engagement botnets. Although the major social media platforms periodically suspend these accounts, replacements seem to inevitably show up.the phrase “US Chief Accelerator” may be a reference to a nickname given to President of China Xi JinpingOn Twitter, the political content posted by these networks consists of repetitive tweets with a few recurring themes:The U.S. is in a state of decline (posts about power grid issues, COVID death toll, etc)China is more stable than the U.S.People want to leave the U.S. but are unable toThese repetitive tweets generally include the #Accelerationism hashtag (and frequently other hashtags as well). Identical tweets are not always posted simultaneously by each account that duplicates them; in some cases, two different accounts tweeted the same text weeks or months apart.Need for Speed or Need for Spam?As with their political tweets, the tweets these networks post about the “Need…Accelerationism, spam, and video games

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