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Twitter has suspended multiple fake accounts that claimed to be Black supporters of President Donald Trump and the Republican Party for violating its policies against platform manipulation and spam, The Washington Post reported Tuesday and Business Insider confirmed.

“Our teams are working diligently to investigate this activity and will take action in line with the Twitter Rules if Tweets are found to be in violation. Presently, we’ve taken action on some of the Tweets and accounts you referenced for violations of our policies on platform manipulation and spam,” Twitter spokesperson Trenton Kennedy told Business Insider.

Darren Linvill, a social media researcher at Clemson University, told The Washington Post that he had identified a network of more than two dozen accounts that posed as Black voters, tweeting nearly identical language in many cases and using images of real Black people from media reports and other sources as profile pictures.

But before Twitter could intervene, the accounts had accumulated more than 265,000 retweets and mentions and tens of thousands of followers, Linvill told The Washington Post.

“The damage is done,” Indiana University at Bloomington computer science professor Filippo Menczer told The Washington Post, adding: “There is payoff just in getting the volume out …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Politics


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