How platforms are driving users to misinformation about mail bombs

Aventura City police officers stand across the street from the condo building that has a possible connection to alleged bomber Cesar Sayoc and his mother on October 26, 2018 in Aventura, FL

On Friday, a Florida man was arrested in connection with a string of mail bombs sent to prominent critics of President Trump, including Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Kamala Harris. Reporters spent the day working to unearth the social media accounts of the man, 56-year-old Cesar Sayoc, Jr. of southern Florida. While the authenticity of every account has yet to be confirmed, reporting so far paints a picture of a man who bought into many of the right-wing conspiracy theories that burbled up from social media, to mainstream conservative media, to the president himself.

Among other things, Sayoc appears to have been an active Trump supporter on Facebook, and an enthusiastic troll on Twitter. Here’s Adi Robertson:

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Author: Casey Newton

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