Paid actors, a fake publicist, and retweeted bots: Trump habitually uses deceit and propaganda to shape perceptions

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters

President Donald Trump’s Twitter habits help shape the media and public narrative about his administration, which is why his record of retweeting and quote-tweeting accounts with suspicious bot or sock-puppet activity raises concerns.

A Media Matters study of an archive of Trump’s Twitter account revealed that over the past year, Trump has on a handful of occasions propped up praise from accounts that feature suspicious bot activity or that have since been...

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