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Someone Was Using the Newtown Shootings To Get Twitter Followers

Yesterday at 2:27 p.m. –— just a few hours after the shooting in Connecticut was first reported — an account called @CTNewtown was created. The account's first tweet claimed it would donate money to Sandy Hook elementary and the victims for every retweet. UPDATE: The Twitter account was deleted on Saturday night, shortly after this post was published.

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The account's first tweet has over 99,130 retweets.

R.I.P to all of the Newtown, Connecticut shooting victims. For every RT this gets, we will donate $2 to the school and victims.

R.I.P to all of the Newtown, Connecticut shooting victims. For every RT this gets, we will donate $2 to the school and victims.-- Newtown Shooting

They have continued to tweet and brag about the number of retweets and the money supposedly raised.

You guys have already raised $17,600! You guys are amazing! #PrayForNewtown

You guys have already raised $17,600! You guys are amazing! #PrayForNewtown-- Newtown Shooting

Although questions have been raised, they have not addressed or discussed who it is that is "donating" this money.

We have reached 82,000 retweets (3,000 followers) which means $164,000 will be donated and we aren't even finished yet. Wow! #PrayForNewtown

We have reached 82,000 retweets (3,000 followers) which means $164,000 will be donated and we aren't even finished yet. Wow! #PrayForNewtown-- Newtown Shooting

The night of the shooting...

If we could reach 5,000 followers by the end of the night, it would mean a lot! RT please! (and don't forget to retweet our first tweet!)

If we could reach 5,000 followers by the end of the night, it would mean a lot! RT please! (and don't forget to retweet our first tweet!)-- Newtown Shooting

Michael van Poppel of @BreakingNews has called out the account as being fake.

Fake account uses CT massacre to get followers, already managed to get nearly 100,000 RTs http://t.co/lz58iDBk

Fake account uses CT massacre to get followers, already managed to get nearly 100,000 RTs http://t.co/lz58iDBk-- Michael van Poppel

And yet, just a few minutes ago, they tweeted a "warning" about another fake account.

Everyone please avoid @_Pray4Newtown. They/he have/has no connection to any of the Newtown Shooting victims whatsoever. #PrayForNewtown

Everyone please avoid @_Pray4Newtown. They/he have/has no connection to any of the Newtown Shooting victims whatsoever. #PrayForNewtown-- Newtown Shooting

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