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Twitter suspends thousands of accounts for potential ties to ‘foreign information operations’

“The social media company announced Jan. 31 the suspension of thousands of accounts it believes were tied to “foreign information operations.”” writes Jack Morse for mashable.com. While Twitter did pull 418 accounts it says “[mimicked] the activity of prior accounts tied to the IRA,” a significant chunk of the thousands of suspended accounts appear to originate elsewhere and have goals totally independent of the US political system.And, because Twitter wants to make the content posted by the suspended accounts available to researchers and the public, the company has added it all to a downloadable archive.The newly discovered accounts in question, according to Twitter, are believed to have originated in Iran, Venezuela, and yeah OK definitely still Russia.For example, the company announced today it had suspended “1,196 accounts located in Venezuela which appear to be engaged in a state-backed influence campaign targeting domestic audiences.”.
 
Source: mashable.com



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