Twitter reportedly removes over 10,000 accounts that discourage voting

Twitter reportedly removes over 10,000 accounts that discourage voting

Ahead of the high-stakes midterm polls in the United States on Tuesday, reports have confirmed that Twitter has deleted over 10,000 accounts which were spreading misinformation, particularly aimed at disenchanting Democrat supporters.

Twitter on Saturday said it deleted a "series of accounts" that attempted to share disinformation, ahead of crucial midterm elections, as media reports said thousands of accounts were axed.

Reuters even characterized it is an "early win" for the partisan group. The tweets included several that said male Democrats should refrain from voting to avoid drowning out the voices of women, sources told the news agency.

Last month the state of California signed legislation that bans the use of undeclared bots during elections.

It was built in part from publicly available tools known as "Hoaxley" and "Botometer" developed by computer researchers at the University of Indiana. Twitter ultimately traced their activities during the 2016 election to 3,841 accounts responsible for engaging with roughly 1.4 million users.

For months, Twitter has sought to eliminate automated and bogus accounts created to manipulate the public conversation on Twitter, in response to concerns over Russian interference in the 2016 election. "We stopped this quickly and at its source", Twitter told the CNN broadcaster late on November 2.

University of IN professor of Informatics and Computer Science Filippo Menczer indicated that his system is not geared to help either party IN particular, but it is the Democrats who have used to tool to their advantage.

The DCCC is reported to be working with contractors to identify misinformation campaigns.

One of these partners includes RoBhat Labs who develops technology that can identify bots and what the political-bias is in the message.

He did not say if these flagged posts were subsequently removed by Twitter.

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