According to the Washington Post on the 28th, a supporter of trump was arrested on the 27th local time on charges of interfering in the 2016 US election. It is reported that this supporter of trump is very influential on social media. In 2016, he promoted Trump’s victory through an organized activity, and cheated the supporters of Trump’s then opponent Hillary Clinton through illegal means such as texting or Internet.
U.S. prosecutors accused Douglas Mackey, 31, of using a pseudonym to spread information on social media twitter to encourage Hillary Clinton supporters to “avoid queuing and vote at home.”;. Nearly 5000 people have been duped, according to the Brooklyn prosecutor’s office, which announced the arrest.
William Sweeney, assistant director of the FBI’s New York office, said McKee’s alleged behavior was “totally stealing votes.”;.
It is understood that McKee was arrested in West Palm Beach, Florida, and charged with conspiracy to infringe voting rights.
U.S. authorities said McKee used multiple social media accounts and conspired with others online to prevent people from voting for Hillary. Hillary Clinton won the 2016 general election but lost the electoral college vote.
A twitter account of McKee @ Ricky_ Vaughn99 had about 58000 followers when it was stopped on twitter in October 2016. According to the analysis of MIT’s media lab, the account ranked 107th among the most influential accounts in the US election that year, surpassing the accounts of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, late show host Stephen Colbert and NBC.
One person familiar with the case said McKee had not been charged before because it was a complex investigation & mdash; & mdash; until people found out that McKee was @ Ricky_ The investigation started only after the users of vaughn99 account.
“With McKee’s arrest, we want to tell those who sabotage the democratic process in the United States in this way that they can’t rely on the cloak of Online Anonymity to escape their crimes,” Brooklyn Deputy Prosecutor Seth duchame said in a statement. ”