Twitter has removed nearly 4,000 state-sponsored accounts from its platform in an effort to limit the influence of information manipulation campaigns on the internet.
Twitter stated in a blog post that: “The account sets include eight distinct operations we’ve attributed to six countries – Mexico, the People’s Republic of China (PRC), Russia, Tanzania, Uganda, and Venezuela, respectively.”
Twitter banned propaganda accounts on the platform
Twitter “removed a network of accounts that amplified Chinese Communist Party narratives related to the treatment of the Uyghur population in Xinjiang.”
Twitter also removed around 100 accounts from the platform because they were connected to “Changyu Culture” which is “a private company backed by the Xinjiang regional government.”
It’s important that Twitter not only banned these accounts and the content they shared, but also shared relevant information about this disclosure with the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, Cazadores de Fake News, and the Stanford Internet Observatory.
Lately, we’ve covered Jack Dorsey’s resignation in our news feed and since then Twitter is taking serious steps in order to prevent manipulation and propaganda on its platform. Twitter recently announced that it will no longer allow sharing of private media without consent.