Twitter Cracks Down on Automation and Use of Multiple Accounts

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#TwitterLockOut quickly spiraled its way into becoming viral on Twitter.

"Since June 2017, we've removed more than 220,000 applications in violation of our rules, collectively responsible for more than 2.2 billion low-quality Tweets", Twitter said last month.

According to National March for truth organizer, Holly Figueroa O'Reilly claimed that the accounts that deleted earlier were Russian bots and the one who lost followers soon get them back after Twitter Verification will be completed.

The most hit with the new strategy could be new media publishers and celebrity, commonly social media influencers, as they tweet with similar message across various accounts. "First time that's ever happened".

The BBC on Wednesday reported of massive accounts shutdown, in what Twitter termed as a crackdown on malicious accounts. A Twitter spokeswoman said in an emailed statement that the company enforces its rules "without political bias" and that the company is engaged in ongoing enforcement of its policies.

Twitter confirmed with Business Insider it had indeed suspended accounts, but said Twitter's tools are "apolitical".

The most unusual thing about the purge is that it happened at all.

Twitter has purged thousands of accounts it suspects of being automated bots, sparking a backlash from a number of high-profile conservative tweeters.

The social media company has also cracked down on fake accounts by people inflating their following. If there is a product fix to authenticate users, it's likely tangled in red tape.

Twitter told the Times it planned to take action against tactics like the ones described in the Times' article. If they are bots, Twitter will have a major problem actually monetizing them.

Twitter is a haven for trolls where users regularly display abusive behavior toward other users, companies, celebrity figures, or even ideas.

In response to the criticism, Twitter has taken some steps to improve its service, weeding out more than 50,000 accounts that it identified as being linked to Russian Federation and its operatives, and notifying almost 700,000 users who interacted with these accounts.

Renewed fears of censorship have once again led some users to talk about leaving to join Gab, the so-called free-speech social network that cropped up in 2016 as an alternative to Twitter. With more than ten years of marketing management experience, she has contributed to a variety of traditional and online publications, including,, and Sales and Marketing Management Magazine.

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