A white supremacist troll created a fake Portland Antifa Twitter account to share inflammatory tweets, including images of heavily armed militants with red communist face masks, fooling pro-Trump conservatives into unquestioningly sharing the content.

The fake account appeared on Saturday to coincide with a rally by far-right groups in Portland, Oregonwhere clashes with counter-protesters were anticipated and did happenin an apparent bid to incite and heighten violence.

See you in Portland, Fascist Proud Boys, one fabricated tweet read, accompanied by a picture of gun-toting leftists. This time were locked and loaded.

The @ANTIFA_Portland account was quickly identified as fraudulent and the tweet was quickly flagged by researcher Erin Gallagher, whose investigative work focuses on social media network visualizations and studying disinformation.


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