#FIX2020: these election deniers do not exist

if you can’t trust Twitter accounts with artificially generated faces and names like “Hillary Clapton” and “Walter Babooner”, who can you trust?Conspiracy theories regarding the outcome of the 2020 United States presidential election have continued to circulate in right-wing social media circles long after Joe Biden’s inauguration as the 46th U.S. President. Not of all of this discussion comes from authentic accounts, however. In March 2022, well over a year after the election, a network of extremely similar Twitter accounts with StyleGAN-generated faces kicked into gear tweeting and retweeting election denial content containing the hashtag #FIX2020. These accounts also featured the #FIX2020 hashtag in their profiles, which generally contained multiple US flag emoji. As of the time of this writing, all of the accounts in this network are suspended.the “Offices Law Firm” sounds about as real as the artificially-generated facesThe #FIX2020 Twitter astroturf network consisted of 63 accounts, 47 of which used StyleGAN-generated faces as their profile “photos”. With the exception of @FIX2020usa (created in December 2020) and @JKenslay (created in January 2021), all of the accounts in this network were created between February 2022 and April 2022 (inclusive). The content tweeted by these accounts included frequent demands to decertify or otherwise invalidate the 2020 U.S. presidential election.The oldest account in the network, @FIX2020usa, went through several name and profile image changes before its final incarnation as part of the #FIX2020 network. Previous handles include @BFarmo and @TotalRecall2022. We can tell these are the same account because they all have…#FIX2020: these election deniers do not exist

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