Twitter removes thousands of bot accounts ahead of midterms

The US midterm elections are to be held next week and Twitter is working hard to remove thousands of fake accounts from its platform and co-ordinated activity to influence voters as reported by Reuters.

Twitter has removed as much as 10,000 such fake accounts which were pretending to be the party members and officials and were targeting Democratic voters. Twitter is also actively monitoring the platform for such activity.

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Twitter said that it has been actively removing these accounts throughout the months of September and October and the tweets from the fake accounts were bought to the company’s attention by Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DNCC).

Following the Russian influence campaign which helped President Donald Trump during the presidential elections and harmed the Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, the DNCC is working hard to find and shut down such activities on the social platforms.

A Twitter representative said in a statement that:

For the election this year we have established open lines of communication and direct, easy escalation paths for state election officials, DHS, and campaign organizations from both major parties.

We removed a series of accounts for engaging in attempts to share disinformation in an automated fashion — a violation of our policies. We stopped this quickly and at its source.

Twitter has been also combating such fake bots which spread misinformation on the platform especially before the midterm elections are about to be held.

Twitter added such a similar reporting feature last week which allowed the users to report a specific tweet that they think is sent out by a bot.

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