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Michael Bloomberg Is Paying Instagram Influencers To Post Dank Memes To Convince America’s Youth He’d Be A Dope President, Yo

Donald Trump and his fellow billionaire and would-be presidential challenger, Mike Bloomberg, traded insults on Twitter on Thursday, with Trump dismissing the former NY mayor as a "loser" and Bloomberg describing him as a "barking clown".

Instagram is changing its advertising rules to require political campaigns' sponsored posts from influencers to use its Branded Content Ads tool that adds a disclosure label of "Paid Partnership with". It's unknown how much each of these Instagram accounts were compensated for their posts, but last week, The Daily Beast reported that on Tribe, Bloomberg's campaign was offering a flat $150 to "micro influencers" (with 1,000 to 100,000 followers) to post content "that tells us why Mike Bloomberg is the electable candidate who can rise above the fray [and] work across the aisle so ALL Americans feel heard & respected".

Most of the posts find him taking the persona of an out-of-touch old guy, trying to reach out to a younger audience in a tongue-in-cheek fashion and go viral.

For example, a post that said "I will vote for candidate X because they can fly" would be fact-checked.

Facebook chose to allow a type of paid political message that had sidestepped numerous social network's rules governing political ads, in a reversal that highlights difficulties tech companies and regulators have in keeping up with the changing nature of paid political messages. They will still have to disclose the paid partnership. And the posts won't appear in Facebook's ad library, which publicly catalogs political ads and allows other campaigns, journalists and watchdog groups to view the type of messages politicians are pushing in the election.

"I scanned the field and originally thought that Joe Biden was the candidate who most closely represented my beliefs", said Kinston, North Carolina, Mayor Don Hardy.

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Bloomberg's social campaign extends beyond working with Meme 2020. Bloomberg wrote in one of the exchanges posted by an account called F (asterisk)(asterisk)(asterisk) Jerry, which has almost 15 million followers on Instagram.

Now, it appears he's turned his attention to Instagram, as The New York Times reports his campaign has begun to reach out to influencers and meme accounts and offered to sponsor posts created to position him as hip and cool.

In the meme, the candidate agrees to pay "a billion dollars" for the post. The billionaire candidate responded by asking where to send the money.

"Mike Bloomberg 2020 has teamed up with social creators to collaborate with the campaign, including the meme world", Bloomberg campaign spokeswoman Sabrina Singh said in a statement.

With the sponsored posts, Bloomberg's campaign said it was reaching those who might not be normally interested in the day-to-day of politics.

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