Social network Twitter has removed more than 32 242 active account, accusing them of involvement in “information operations” in the interests of the authorities of China, Turkey and Russia, reported the press service of the company on 12 June.
The statement said that all accounts were deleted permanently.
The vast majority of the deleted accounts – 23 750 – was associated with China. The authors wrote mainly in Chinese. They glorified the activities of the Communist party of China and spread misleading messages about the political situation in Hong Kong. Twitter also found about 150 thousand accounts-bots, that were created to enhance key accounts through interaction with them. But, as noted in the company, these accounts were ineffective as they had little or no subscribers at all.
Turkey had 7340 accounts. They placed positive information about President of Turkey Recep Erdogan of the ruling party of justice and development.
1152 account was associated with Russia, namely with the site “Current politics”. The company believes that it is propaganda with the support of the state, in particular in favor of the ruling party “United Russia”, and attacks on political dissidents.
“Network accounts are associated with this media has been blocked for violation of our policies regarding the manipulation, in particular for the fact that they were engaged in coordinated census and the strengthening of non-original information for political purposes,” – said in a statement Twitter.
The company noted that its ultimate goal is to contribute to public debate, but exclude dishonest participants.
Edition of The Bell, which analyzed the archive of the lock, said that among the blocked – for example, the account “Children of Soros”, where all posts were devoted to criticism of the Russian opposition.
Twitter started to massively block the accounts of leading political propaganda, in 2018. Then he released 10 million records related to state structures of Russia and Iran. In 2019 such blocking intensified in China amid anti-China protests in Hong Kong.
In 2019 Twitter has banned state-run media to place advertising on the social network.