Twitter Bots Boosted Trending #TrudeauMustGo Hashtag
The hashtag #TrudeauMustGo soared to the top of Twitter's trending list in Canada on Tuesday, perhaps giving some observers the impression that Canadians were taking to social media en masse to express their discontent with the prime minister.
But a closer look revealed that much of the activity surrounding the hashtag was actually driven by accounts tweeting at non-human rates, including about two dozen accounts created in the past 48 hours.
The trending hashtag came in response to comments Trudeau made on Monday, when he criticized U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent racist tweets in which he told four sitting congresswomen to go back to the countries they came from.
"That is not how we do things in Canada," Trudeau remarked. "A Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian."
Trudeau's comments sparked backlash online, leading some social media users to start pushing the hashtag #TrudeauMustGo as a cheeky retort.