Twitter Takes Down 10,000 Accounts That Discouraged Voting In The US

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Twitter Inc. (TWTR.N) deleted automated accounts that were discouraging people from voting in next week's USA midterm elections, amid the social network's heightened efforts to deal with misinformation and manipulation.

Twitter this week took down 10, 000 accounts encouraging voter suppression, Reuters revealed this week.

Twitter stated that the majority of the closed accounts were posing as Democrats and were taken down in late September and early October.

The tweets reportedly included ones that discouraged Democratic men from voting, saying that would drown out the voice of women.

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It was learned that the accounts wrongly appeared to be from Democrats, after the party flagged the misleading tweets to the social media company.

The Democrats, however, do not seem to fully trust Twitter's efforts and created what they called their own system for spotting malicious accounts using technology developed by the University of Indiana.

Acknowledging how instrumental social media was in former President Barack Obama's two presidential election wins in 2008 and 2012 against Republican rivals Sen.

They allow users to identify automated accounts and further analyse how they are spreading information about a specific topic.

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Experts said that ten thousand is not the greatest number of deleted accounts for all time of existence of Twitter, for reasons of political conflicts.

The DCCC is reported to be working with contractors to identify misinformation campaigns.

"We provide the DNC with reports about what we're seeing in terms of bot activity and where it's being amplified", said Ash Bhat, co-founder of RoBhat Labs. "We stopped this quickly and at its source", a Twitter spokesperson said in a statement provided to CNN Business. This is reported by Reuters.

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