Tale of a viral fraud

none of this is true, but that didn’t stop it from going viralIn January 2020, an allegedly US-based liberal Twitter account named @Baligubadle1 appeared and quickly gained popularity among anti-Trump #Resistance accounts. Over the course of the 2020 election cycle, this account picked up a variety of prominent followers and frequently went viral by posting misinformation, rumors, and assorted outrage bait. @Baligubadle1’s popular falsehoods included rumors about former U.S. Attorney General William Barr visiting Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell in prison, an assertion that convicted rapist Brock Turner was scheduled to speak at the 2020 Republican National Convention, and a claim that Republican Senator Ted Cruz was “cheering from the bunker” while U.S. Capitol police officer Brian Sicknick was bludgeoned to death with a fire extinguisher. (In reality, Sicknick died of a stroke following being pepper sprayed at the January 6th, 2021 insurrection; his assailant was eventually sentenced to 6 years and 8 months in prison.)based on these tweets, one might think @Baligubadle1 was a U.S. citizenThe @Baligubadle1 account regularly claimed to have voted in U.S. elections, implying that the operator of the account was an adult U.S. citizen. The account holder allegedly voted for Democrats in both the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections, and generally expressed support for Democratic candidates for other offices.based on these tweets, one might think @Baligubadle1 lived in a U.S. state (of course, there is that weird time zone discrepancy…)On multiple occasions, @Baligubadle1 also posted tweets claiming or implying residence in a U.S. state, in…Tale of a viral fraud

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