Twitter suspends nearly 500 accounts for engaging in coordinated manipulation

Published on: Aug 28, 2018 11:21 IST
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After suspending 284 accounts last week, Twitter on Tuesday announced that it has cracked down on additional 486 for 'for engaging in coordinated manipulation' in the Middle East, Latin America, Britain, and the US. "Since our initial suspensions last week, we have continued our investigation, further building our understanding of these networks. In addition, we have suspended an additional 486 accounts for violating the policies outlined last week. This brings the total to 770," Twitter said in a statement.

Twitter said that less than 100 of the 770 suspended accounts claimed to be located in the US and many of these were sharing divisive social commentary. "On average, these 100 Tweeted 867 times, were followed by 1,268 accounts, and were less than a year old," said Twitter Safety in a tweet. Twitter has launched a drive to clear out bots and trolls on the platform and has suspended more than 70 million fake accounts in May and June.

Not only micro blogging site Twitter, social media giant Facebook too has removed several accounts originating from Iran and Russia. Facebook has removed 652 pages, groups, and accounts from these countries. The social media giant acted on these accounts after FireEye, a global cybersecurity firm, gave it information in July about "Liberty Front Press", a network of Facebook Pages as well as accounts on other online services.

Following information provided by FireEye, it started an investigation into "Liberty Front Press" and identified additional accounts and Pages from their network. "We are able to link this network to Iranian state media through publicly available website registration information, as well as the use of related IP addresses and Facebook Pages sharing the same admins," Facebook informed.

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