Twitter has been hunting down fake accounts on its platform like no other! It has reportedly suspended 70 million accounts in May and June in its attempts to reduce fake news and misinformation to its users. The primary target of these suspensions and bans are basically bots and spam accounts. Moreover, it has been removing a million accounts per day in recent months and will continue at that rate in July.
Twitter’s volatile suspension was making several users wary, but the team at Twitter assured that they want the users to just have genuine interaction on its platform. Twitter has long been a platform that was quite passive about hate speech, vulgarity and spam. Still, it claims the suspensions will not affect the number of its active users.
This comes after plenty of scrutiny from the government and celebrities. They have been voicing against Twitter and similar social media platforms for not doing enough and allowing propaganda bots to just flood the feed. This leads to misinformation and disturbance amongst the users.
Twitter has been trying to make amends for such criticism by introducing guidelines for political advertisers. They have been trying to boot out abusers and bots related to politics. There have been reportedly Russian-linked troll accounts which affected the outcome of the 2016 US presidential election. Russian bots shared Donald Trump‘s tweets almost 470,000 times between Sept. 1 and Nov. 15, 2016, and retweeted opponent Hilary Clinton‘s tweets just 50,000 times.
Twitter started investigating fake user accounts by letting the company’s automated systems analyze accounts that deemed peculiar and contained spam information. The company also said the average number of spam reports have dropped from around 25,000 a day in March to around 17,000 a day in May.