Shown her is a Twitter sign outside of the company's headquarters in San Francisco in 2016. The disinformation comes in various forms: conspiracy videos on YouTube, fake interest groups on Facebook, and armies of bot accounts that can hijack a topic or discussion on Twitter.
Prominent conservative pundits and activists said today that thousands of their followers had been deleted overnight.
Conservative Twitter users are fuming Wednesday after the social media company purged suspected malicious bots - the same automated accounts Russian agents are accused of using to wage an unprecedented propaganda campaign to help Donald Trump win the election.
Some users woke on Wednesday to find a sharp drop in followers, prompting a series of hashtags on the platform such as #TwitterLockOut and #TwitterPurge.
"The twitter purge is real", conservative podcast host Dan Bongino said on Twitter.
"The Words of Day Are "Twitter Purge" On Tuesday Night, Most of Us Lost Thousand of Followers". "We also take proactive action on accounts that we believe to be violation of the Twitter Rules, including requesting additional details like asking account owners to confirm a phone number".
"That's why some people may be experiencing suspensions or locks", the company said in a statement. A few complained they were temporarily locked out of their accounts because of "unusual activity" and "automated behavior" and had to share a phone number with Twitter to regain access.
"Twitter's tools are apolitical, and we enforce our rules without political bias", the social network has said in response. "The hashtag "#TwitterLockOut" was trending in the USA, because thousands of accounts were tweeting about it.
Twitter and Facebook had faced criticism from United States lawmakers earlier in the year for not having taken the problem seriously enough.
Some fake accounts have been traced to Russian-backed agents that the US government says are working to sow political discord.
Twitter, along with other social networks, were at the center of investigations for allegedly allowing Russian hackers to sway the electorate during the 2016 U.S. elections on its platform. Researchers estimate as many as 15% of accounts could be fake. An organization that tracks Kremlin-backed Twitter accounts - the Alliance for Securing Democracy - has said such influence operations are still active and are targeting sensitive national issues, such as gun control after last week's Florida school shooting. Even Ajit Pai, the chair of the Federal Communications Commission, has said the service discriminates against conservatives.
Another company, privately held online publisher Medium, recently removed accounts belonging to far-right USA commentators including Mike Cernovich, who said on his Twitter account on Wednesday that Medium was acting unlawfully.
Police charged Cruz, who had been kicked out of the school due to disciplinary problems, with 17 counts of premeditated murder. A student who survived the high school shooting in Florida last week is speaking out at the state capitol about his experience.
The Shape Of You singer sparked rumours he had Wednesday in private when he was pictured wearing a band on his ring finger. He says he can't believe he has reached the point in his life where he would be excited about spectacles.
Duterte has suggested he could suspend the Constitution, declare a 'revolutionary government, ' and impose nationwide martial law. Trump is seen to be less critical of Duterte, and at one point reportedly praised the Filipino leader for "doing a great job".
The group announced earlier this year that it would be axing 900 jobs, but creating 450 new ones as part of this change. The bank outlined four areas of focus on the financial needs and behaviour of the customer of the future.
This includes the 2013 championship and an appearance the previous year in the tournament semi-finals known as the 'Final Four'. WKYT will be live in Louisville this evening breaking down the NCAA sanctions and the impact it will have on the university.
The most recent numbers (Feb. 4-10) showed an upward trend in new lab-confirmed cases with more than 1,000 in the week. Symptoms of the flu may include fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, headaches and fatigue.
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The Vice President was due to meet Kim Jong Un's sister at the Winter Olympics, but the U.S. claims Pyongyang abruptly pulled out. He continued, saying North Korea had a "desire to whitewash their murderous regime with nice photo ops at the Olympics ".
Lex Kerssemakers, a Volvo senior vice president, confirmed in an interview with Roadshow that the new S60 will be coming soon. In the U.S. , the V60 will be offered with two gasoline powertrains: a T5 FWD providing 250 hp and a T6 AWD with 316 hp.
Jennifer said creating controversy over "silly innocuous things" such as what she chooses to wear is "not moving us forward". After some fans got hot over a pic of J-Law wearing a dress in the cold, she called their outrage 'utterly ridiculous'.
Just a year ago Williams collapsed while taping a live Halloween segment and attributed it to overheating in her costume. She posted the announcement on Twitter and urged women to consistently check on their health. "I'm a thoroughbred.
He further said the Asia Pacific Group, which is part of FATF, was asked to consider another report in June. Asif in a midnight tweet thanked "friends" who helped Pakistan avoid a major worldwide embarrassment.
Madrid were comfortably on top as the half wound down, with Benzema nearly heading a third from Lucas' cross. Ramos scored from the penalty spot after Mateo Kovacic was pushed inside the area in the closing minutes.
In 1950, he launched his weekly "Hour of Decision" radio program that became a staple of Christian broadcasting for 60 years. The first time was when we met backstage at the 1972 Southern Baptist Convention in Philadelphia.
Fawad Chaudhry, spokesman for the Tahrik-e-Insaf party of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, welcomed the court ruling. Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb told Geo News the decision was in line with her expectations.
An upgrade to full membership would require unanimous backing from the Security Council, and the US would veto such a move. I assure that path will get the Palestinian people exactly nowhere toward the achievement of their aspirations.
The rate for December indicates average of November to January period and September reflects August to October period. The UK jobless rate increased in the fourth quarter, data from the Office for National Statistics showed Wednesday.
The news were revealed on Twitter , where he mentioned that it had raised more than CNY 4.777 million ($735 million). The government will distribute the remaining 18% to the Superintendency of Currency and Related Activities.
Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said at least 72 children were among the 312 people killed in strikes since Sunday. He said reports were "misleading" adding: "You know what?" "People are in the shelters and shops are closed".
If something good happens Kejriwal and his MLAs take credit and if it's something bad onus falls on government. The officers' body is reportedly demanding a police case against the Chief Minister and the two AAP lawmakers.
Venezuela's government will launch the first sale of its commodity-linked cryptocurrency , the petro , on Tuesday. The " Petro " was released for pre-sale to invited investors at midnight on Tuesday February 20th.