Last week, the right-wing Daily Telegraph claimed that the Conservative party was “hiring an army of paid tweeters” to try to combat Labour’s social media dominance:
The article elaborates that the Tories are “recruiting hundreds of staff across the country in a bid to dramatically increase the party’s online presence“.
This appears to be… not quite correct.
A Conservative Party spokesperson told the SKWAWKBOX:
We will not be using paid Twitter activists. Brandon’s message to members referred to paid campaign managers – part of their remit is social media, for example setting up local campaign Facebook pages, along with all the other responsibilities that come with being a campaign manager, organising volunteers, campaign days etc .
According to the Electoral Commission, such “paid campaign managers” will only have to be declared as an electoral expense if they do not have a “direct employment contract” with the party.
The Conservatives’ press office has not responded to requests to clarify whether the Telegraph claims constitute ‘MSM’ fake news.
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