Twitter Engaged in Bot Crackdown

Twitter Engaged in Bot Crackdown
Over one million suspect accounts are currently being suspended every day.

(CCM) — Twitter is caught up in a massive battle with trolls and remotely controlled bots and has closed down about 70 million fake and suspicious accounts since it launched the crackdown in May, according to a Washington Post report.

Twitter expects to continue to suspend about one million accounts every day during July, the report adds, as it attempts to "improve" public discourse on the social network. This may result in Twitter reporting a decline in its monthly users during the second quarter of 2018.

The crackdown has been launched in part in response to the Russian disinformation campaign during the 2016 U.S. presidential election campaign which attempted to deceive voters on a mass scale to exacerbate social and political tensions, the report says.

Del Harvey, Twitter's trust and safety vice president, explained why Twitter has decided to act now. "One of the biggest shifts is in how we think about balancing free expression versus the potential for free expression to chill someone else’s speech,” Harvey said. “Free expression doesn’t really mean much if people don’t feel safe.”

In 2015, Twitter's chief executive at the time acknowledged that bots were a problem for the social network and claimed that there was little the company could do to combat them. "We suck at dealing with abuse and trolls on the platform and we've sucked at it for years," he said.

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