Twitter Removes 10,000 Accounts Linked to Discouraging Voting in Midterm Elections
Midterm elections are right around the corner and Twitter is still dealing with misinformation on it’s platform.
Friday, the social media giant revealed that it’s removed more than 10,000 accounts linked to targeted misinformation campaigns since late September.
Twitter was notified by the Democratic Party and said the removed accounts violated its policies.
The social media company and other platforms have been criticized as their websites are used to spread misinformation, propaganda and as a place for hate speech and violence.
Last week, Twitter said it lost more than 9 million accounts after the company began aggressively removing robot and spam accounts from the platform.
In September Twitter updated its usage policy forbidding the use of dehumanizing language emphasizing its efforts to remove problematic content.
The updated policy does not focus on voter suppression and misinformation and the company has been criticized by lawmakers for not proactively removing bot accounts.
Facebook has tightened up its ban on misinformation and routinely removes accounts and posts aimed at voter suppression. The platform has removed accounts posting incorrect dates, times and locations for polling sites.
Social platforms are continuing to find ways to protect users and ward off misinformation ahead of the midterm elections. However, sorting through accounts has proved to be a difficult process with a significant outcome for election day.