Far-right Twitter troll in US gets 7 years’ jail for election interference

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NEW YORK: A far-right Twitter troll who posted fake ads telling Hillary Clinton supporters they could vote in the 2016 election by text was sentenced ...

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: A far-right Twitter troll who posted fake ads telling Hillary Clinton supporters they could vote in the 2016 election by text was sentenced to seven months in prison Wednesday, reported German news agency (dpa).

“You are not being sentenced for your political beliefs, or for expressing those beliefs,“ she said. “Each one of us has the right to hold opinions and express those opinions.” Mackey tweeted official-looking fake campaign ads for Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign, urging people to vote by text instead of in person, according to the feds. Mackey, whose wife just gave birth Tuesday, will have to surrender to authorities on Jan 18. Donnelly denied his request to be free on bond pending his appeal.

Jurors saw his past Twitter posts, which included vile anti-Black and anti-woman remarks, describing women as “children with the right to vote” and writing: “Black people will believe anything they read on twitter, and we let them vote, why?” Mackey, who said nothing at his sentencing, sought to minimise his role in the conspiracy, which was plotted out in group chats, both at trial and in his court filings, saying that he merely shared a pair of memes he found on the message board 4Chan, as well as another image already on Twitter.

“Though he made one grave error in judgment (‘two clicks’), he is by no means a hardened criminal and does not belong in prison,“ said juror Valery Rodolico.

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