Twitter deletes 10,000 accounts discouraging people from voting in US

 Twitter deletes 10,000 accounts discouraging people from voting in US
Twitter has deleted more than 10,000 automated accounts posting messages that discouraged people from voting in  U.S. election. The accounts wrongly appeared to be from Democrats, after the party flagged the misleading tweets to the social media company.   “We took action on relevant accounts and activity on Twitter,” a Twitter spokesman said in an email. The removals took place in late September and early October. Twitter removed more than 10,000 accounts, according to three sources familiar with the Democrats’ effort. The number is modest, considering that Twitter has previously deleted millions of accounts it determined were responsible for spreading misinformation in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.   Yet the removals represent an early win for a fledgling effort by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, or DCCC, a party group that supports Democrats running for the U.S. House of Representatives. The DCCC launched the effort this year in response to the party’s inability to respond to millions of accounts on Twitter and other social media platforms that spread negative and false information about Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and other party candidates in 2016, three people familiar with the operation told Reuters.   While the prevalence of misinformation campaigns have so far been modest in the run-up to the Congressional elections on Nov. 6, Democrats are hoping the flagging operation will help them react quickly if there is a flurry of such messages in the coming days. The Tweets included ones that discouraged Democratic men from voting, saying that would drown out the voice of women, according to two of the sources familiar with the flagging operation. The DCCC developed its own system for identifying and reporting malicious automated accounts on social media, according to the three party sources.   The system was built in part from publicly available tools known as “Hoaxley” and “Botometer” developed by University of Indiana computer researchers. They allow a user to identify automated accounts, also known as bots, and analyze how they spread information on specific topics. “We made Hoaxley and Botometer free for anyone to use because people deserve to know what’s a bot and what’s not,” said Filippo Menczer, professor of informatics and computer science at the University of Indiana.   The Democratic National Committee works with a group of contractors and partners to rapidly identify misinformation campaigns.  They include RoBhat Labs, a firm whose website says it has developed technology capable of detecting bots and identifying political-bias in messages.  The collaboration with RoBhat has already led to the discovery of malicious accounts and posts, which were referred to social media companies and other campaign officials, DNC Chief Technology Officer Raffi Krikorian said in email.The post Twitter deletes 10,000 accounts discouraging people from voting in US appeared first on Linda Ikeji Blog.

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  1. Preventive measures to curb against misuse of the beloved Twitter app…nice one

  2. They are really doing their duty

  3. Are they ipob boys

  4. It’s good as you’ve done

  5. This is unfair

  6. that’s politics

  7. They are the one losing

  8. I think it’s for the interest of the united States but I also think they went too far

  9. This is the true meaning of mind your business

  10. hmmm
    this is good

  11. That’s good, why will they use Twitter to be discouraging the mass. Deleting it is the only solution.

  12. Why should they do such thing is not necessary

  13. US movie is about to begin…

  14. So the twitter manager is just been bias

  15. twitter did well

  16. Why are they discouraging people naa.what Internet can cause

  17. Mind your business

  18. That’s very bad

  19. Funny people

  20. Twitter is the most monitored social app

  21. That’s too much

  22. It’s not good at all

  23. All this social media with their challenges

  24. Maybe I think it is political motivated

  25. This is quite unfair of Twitter

  26. I just love the way these guys effect change in the world.

  27. I just love the way these guys effect change in the world…

  28. Twitter shouldn’t gave deleted a huge account just like that

  29. they aint smiling

  30. when it comes to the US, i dont really care how they run their voting affairs, i am more concerned about the voting system in my country nigeria, how low we have come to the extent that rigging is now part of election process

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