Twitter Deletes Thousands Of Accounts Discouraging US Vote Participation

The number is modest considering that Twitter has previously deleted millions of accounts it determined were responsible for spreading misinformation in the 2016 US presidential election

Twitter reportedly removes over 10,000 accounts that discourage voting

"We took action on relevant accounts and activity on Twitter", a Twitter spokesperson told Reuters.

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Reuters even characterized it is an "early win" for the partisan group.

There was no indication that the Republican party was given the same consideration as Democrats were in choosing Twitter accounts to be deleted from the social media platform.

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

"We removed a series of accounts for engaging in attempts to share disinformation in an automated fashion - a violation of our policies", a Twitter spokesman said Friday. Twitter did not name the exact number of suspended accounts but several reports suggested that it might amount to over 10,000.

The DCCC was formed to reply to false and negative information on social media regarding Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election.

It is noted that the calls were published allegedly on behalf of the US Democratic Party, but party representatives denied their involvement in the publication of such messages and notified Twitter about this.

"The system was built, in part, from publicly available tools known as "Hoaxley" and 'Botometer, ' developed by University of in computer researchers".

They allow users to identify automated accounts and further analyse how they are spreading information about a specific topic.

The bill would make it illegal to use the bots to influence voting. That group has been working to spot misinformation that may circulate about Democratic candidates.

According to DNC Chief Technology Officer Raffi Krikorian, the partnership with RoBhat has helped lead to the discovery of many malicious social media accounts that are then reported to the companies.

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