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.
#PSA this is a fake antifa account