DONALD Trump’s campaign reportedly ditched registrations for his next rally after TikTok trolls claimed tickets for his Tulsa comeback event.
On Monday, the online sign-up form was removed from the Trump website, which urged supporters to just show up for the Students For Trump rally at the Dream City Church in Phoenix, Arizona.
His re-election campaign chair Brad Parscale previously boasted that nearly one million people registered online to attend the rally at the BOK Center, which holds 19,000 seats – but under 6,200 supporters showed up.
After sorting through the sign-ups, the Trump campaign secretly admitted that about 300,000 were fake, according to Politco.
And teen TikTok users were reportedly responsible for trolling the system, egged on by Korean pop music (K-Pop) influencers.
“The registration form has closed,” the announcement on TrumpStudents.org read. “But we would still love to see you tomorrow. If you would like to attend the event and see President Trump, please come to the venue.”
But it hasn’t been confirmed whether user bombarding the website were responsible for the empty seats at Trump’s rally and his campaign has denied it was related to the turnout issue.
“When you have an influx of a million people like that and they turn out to be fraudulent you have to figure out how you sift through to find the 25,000 or whatever number of genuine interest,” Joe Gagliese, the co-founder of Viral Nation, told the Daily Mail.
“Breaking down a million data points to find who is an authentic follower in that scenario would be very difficult.
“The other option would be to send adverts to all of them, and then you’re paying to access people who you know obviously don’t support you which is a waste of money.”
Claire Ryan, a web developer and data expert, told the publication Trump’s campaign will now have to weed through a lot of useless data.
“If the goal of the Trump team was to gather this data to generate leads or use it for an email list, the fact that there are a lot of fake records could prove to be a very significant problem,” Ryan said. “You could try to filter them out, but if 90 percent of that data is junk, you’d be spending a lot of time and effort for not much reward.
“That would be a major consideration for their marketing and campaign spend,” she added, saying she thought the trolling teenagers would do again come November.
Gagliese said after embarrassing the President in Tulsa, the TikTok trolls were likely to target future rallies up until the election in November.
“It’s the new superpower of social media. What’s become really easy is for movements to get picked up and spread,” she said.
“It leaves the Trump camp in a state where they have to figure out how to qualify the interest that they have, and it might not be possible in the time they have before the election.’
Their comments come after the Trump campaign initially used an online form for supporters to request a ticket for his Tuesday rally in Phoenix.
The campaign asked for a link to their social media accounts, their age and their school to weed out fake requests.
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But trolls derided the campaign and said they would still fool the form on Twitter.
Anti-Trump critics claimed that the two-thirds empty Tulsa BOK stadium indicated the campaign is in trouble.
A White House insider told CNN on Sunday that Kushner and Ivanka were “pissed” at Brad Parscale for overseeing the debacle.