Portland Mayor Tells Feds He Suspects His Fake Twitter Followers Are Russian Bots

“While most of the attention has focused on the Kremlin’s effort to influence the 2016 presidential election, I am concerned that foreign powers may be aiming their technological weapons at local politics as well.”

In a Tuesday letter to U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler requested an investigation into Russian meddling in local politics—saying he thinks the bots clogging his Twitter mentions might have been sent by the Kremlin.

Wheeler cited a February WW report which found that roughly 38 percent of followers on the Mayor’s official Twitter page are fake. He says those 7,619 “bot” followers “are of dubious origin.”

Source: Portland Mayor Tells Feds He Suspects His Fake Twitter Followers Are Russian Bots – Willamette Week