A Fake Twitter Account Is Trying To Convince People That Antifa Vandalized Soldiers' Graves On Memorial Day

This is part of a coordinated campaign to create fake accounts in an attempt to troll and discredit anti-fascists activists.

There’s recently been a spike in the creation of fake Twitter accounts that claim to be linked to activists in the United States who call themselves anti-fascists or Antifa. Here’s what some of the imposter bios look like:

There's recently been a spike in the creation of fake Twitter accounts that claim to be linked to activists in the United States who call themselves anti-fascists or Antifa. Here's what some of the imposter bios look like:

Other accounts aren't as obvious about their trolling, making it more confusing for people.

The accounts are being set up a way to mock Antifa, and to discredit it by tweeting out hoaxes and offensive comments. The campaign has also in some cases spread to the streets.

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Memorial Day provided an occasion for the fake @OfficialAntifa account to send out tweets that falsely claimed to show the group’s desecration of military cemeteries.

Memorial Day provided an occasion for the fake @OfficialAntifa account to send out tweets that falsely claimed to show the group's desecration of military cemeteries.

None of the photos in the above tweet are from Memorial Day 2017, and none of them are related to Antifa campaigns. The “Fuck Militarism” graffiti was done in October 2015, and the image of the knocked-down crosses is from Memorial Day 2016 when a man drove his car through the cemetery. The third image of graves with swasticas spray-painted on them is from a cemetery in France in 2004 — and the graves belong to Muslim soldiers.

@OfficialAntifa / Twitter / Via Twitter: @OfficialAntifa

The same Twitter account sent another tweet with more images taken from unrelated incidents. As with the other tweet, it tagged fake Antifa accounts to suggest this was the result of coordinated action.

The same Twitter account sent another tweet with more images taken from unrelated incidents. As with the other tweet, it tagged fake Antifa accounts to suggest this was the result of coordinated action.

The photo of the “Tear It Down” graffiti is from North Carolina in 2015. The “Not Heroes” image is also from North Carolina, but was taken in 2016. In both cases, people spray-painted memorials to Confederate soldiers. The image of knocked-down crosses is from the same 2016 incident in Kentucky referenced in the above tweet.

@OfficialAntifa / Twitter / Via Twitter: @OfficialAntifa

Many replies to the tweets are from people who think the images show actual Antifa actions on Memorial Day. “At what point in time can they be considered domestic terrorists and can be taken dead or alive?” asked one person.

Many replies to the tweets are from people who think the images show actual Antifa actions on Memorial Day. "At what point in time can they be considered domestic terrorists and can be taken dead or alive?" asked one person.

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