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When Disinformation Targets Companies: The Case of #BoycottOliveGarden

By External Author on Sep 4, 2019 8:00:00 AM

False information can spread faster than the truth on social media, and more and more, companies are feeling the impact of that reality. In early August, a handful of Twitter accounts began tweeting lists of companies it claimed supported President Trump’s re-election campaign and called for a boycott against them. One of the accounts (@maryruthedk) even tweeted the list in response to a Washington Post article that debunked the claims. One post from an account claiming to be a dual US and Swedish citizen living in New York (@DemocraticSurge) received more than 15,000 retweets and 17,200 likes.

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