Twitter suspends dozens of Russian accounts that pretended to be U.S. news sources

Twitter has suspended dozens of account operated by  Kremlin-backed Russian Internet Research Agency. The agency operated several accounts pretending to be local American news sources that collectively garnered more than 500 k followers.

More than 100 news outlets also published stories containing those handles in the run-up to the election, and some of them were even tweeted by a top presidential aide.

Twitter said these news imposter accounts tried to build local communities of followers to disseminate messages.

“We take seriously reports that the power of our service was misused by a foreign actor for the purpose of influencing the U.S. presidential election and undermining public faith in the democratic process,”– twitter said in an email statement.

“Twitter believes that any activity of that kind—regardless of magnitude—is intolerable, and we agree that we must do better to prevent it.”

Most of these twitter accounts gathered their following by posting headlines from real news sources and few others tried to represent certain communities.

Twitter has deactivated 40 news imposter accounts out of the 2,752 Twitter accounts that the company identified as being tied to the IRA. Twitter has also removed the accounts data from third-party sources.

 

 

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