4. Trump critics faked demand for rally tickets
Tactics the right has long used to attack mainly mainstream news outlets online are now being used by anti-Trump activists on social media, Axios' Sara Fischer reports.
Driving the news: Scores of online users posted to TikTok and other social media platforms this weekend alleging that they registered potentially thousands of times to receive free tickets to President Trump's rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Saturday to artificially boost registration numbers, according to the New York Times.
Details: Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale ahead of the event tweeted that there were 1 million ticket requests, but the Tulsa Fire Department said Sunday that the fire marshal in attendance only scanned 6,200 tickets, per CNN. The venue holds just under 20,000.
- Parscale later tweeted that "Radical protesters, fueled by a week of apocalyptic media coverage," interfered with supporters at the rally, but press on the ground didn't cite protesters at the event.
Yes, but: Nothing the pranksters claimed to have done should have diminished turnout, as there were unlimited free tickets to the event. Their goal seems to have been rather to dupe the Trump campaign.
The big picture: This species of prank — organizing online multitudes to swamp surveys and signups — is as old as the internet itself.
Right-wing trolls have notoriously been behind many of the internet's sign-up and poll pranks.
- In 2018, far-right trolls created a coordinate network of fake Twitter accounts masked as liberals to mock them online.
- In 2016, conservative trolls flooded app stores to give one-star reviews of apps belonging to mainstream news outlets like CNN, USA Today, Quartz and Mic.
- In 2009, users on 4chan, an anonymous message board popular with far-right trolls, hacked the results of the annual Time 100 online survey with an auto-voting program.
Be smart: Where the left and the right usually differ is over ownership of this activity.