Twitter Suspends Thousands of Accounts for 'Spreading Political Discord'
Platform makes moves to remove political misinformation
Tech platform Twitter announced it has suspended another 10,000 accounts for sowing political discord across the globe, according to reports.
The platform deleted another 10,112 accounts across six countries for spreading misinformation and promoting political unrest in sensitive political climates, according to TechCrunch.
Twitter removed accounts in the following countries:
- 4,000 in the United Arab Emirates and China
- 1,000 in Equador
- 259 in Spain
Data from the deleted accounts have been posted for researchers to go through, with the archive s reaching one terabyte in size.
The move marks Twitter’s efforts to identify and remove accounts that spread political misinformation.
In June, Twitter witter has announced a new plan of hiding “controversial content or behavior which may otherwise violate our rules."
Although Twitter has never suspended Trump, the platform looks to be moving toward labeling his posts for breaking the company’s user guidelines.
Also, in June, Twitter was forced to apologize for suspending a number of accounts critical of the Chinese government.
The company stated:
“Some of these were involved in commentary about China. These accounts were not mass reported by the Chinese authorities – this was a routine action on our part.”
The company added that while performing these actions, they can sometimes “catch false positives or we make errors.”
The company added:
“We apologize. We’re working today to ensure we overturn any errors but that we remain vigilant in enforcing our rules for those who violate them.”
On the removal of 267 accounts located in the United Arab Emirates, Twitter stated:
“These accounts were interconnected in their goals and tactics: a multi-faceted information operation primarily targeting Qatar, and other countries such as Iran. It also amplified messaging supportive of the Saudi government.”
A further 4,258 accounts operating from the UAE posting content directed at Qatar and Yemen were also removed.
“These accounts were often employing false personae and tweeting about regional issues, such as the Yemeni Civil War and the Houthi Movement.”