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  1. 2015 07 04 af d bundesparteitag essen by olaf kosinsky 141

    Satirists Invade German Right-Wing Party’s Facebook

    They never saw it coming. Germany’s far-right Alternative for Deutschland (AfD) became the butt of an online joke after a satirical political party commandeered 31 of its private Facebook groups. Pranksters from The Party said they spent 11 months posing as AfD supporters to become administrators — then locked out the original owners and publicly skewered the party’s xenophobic ideology. The stunt was educational, too: Party activist Shahak Shapira says he gained a firsthand look at the frighteningly outsize role bots and fake news play in contemporary politics.

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