Twitter removed thousands of accounts discouraging U.S. vote participation

Clay Curtis
Ноября 4, 2018

Reports said numerous accounts were posing as Democrats, posting tweets encouraging United States voters to sit out Tuesday's ballot.

A spokesman for the company said it had taken "action on relevant accounts and activity on Twitter".

"We removed a series of accounts for engaging in attempts to share disinformation in an automated fashion - a violation of our policies", a Twitter spokesperson said.

The Democrats are hoping that by flagging accounts that are spreading misinformation, that they will see more progress in social media's reaction speed.

In addition to hacking Democratic targets including the DCCC and leaking internal documents leaked during the 2016 race, Russian operatives weaponized Twitter and other social media platforms to sow discord and attack Mrs. Clinton's campaign, according to US officials.

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The accounts made it appear as if the misleading information was coming from Democrats, which it was not. Others, for instance, reportedly urged male voters not vote as it would "drown out" the voices of women.

They were able to find these messages due to the party creating its own system that identifies and reports malicious automated accounts.

Twitter previously said it detected a total of 50,258 automated accounts that were identified as Russian-linked and responsible for tweeting election-related content during the 2016 race.

US President Donald Trump recently complained that Twitter was removing some of his followers. "We're achieving meaningful progress in our efforts to make Twitter a healthier and valuable everyday service", Jack Dorsey, a Twitter chief executive, said, as the company revealed that the average monthly number of its active users fell by nine million between the end of June and the end of September.

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