Twitter suspends fake accounts posing as Black Trump supporters
Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump glimpse on as Trump speaks for the duration of a campaign rally at Duluth International Airport in Duluth, Minnesota, U.S., September 30, 2020.
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Twitter has suspended a group of faux accounts pretending to be owned by Black supporters of President Donald Trump and his re-election campaign.
The micro-blogging platform said Tuesday the accounts breached its insurance policies on spam and platform manipulation. The news was initial noted by The Washington Put up.
Several faux accounts posted the similar bogus language which include the phrase: “Indeed IM BLACK AND IM VOTING FOR TRUMP!!!”
Darren Linvill, an affiliate professor researching social media disinformation at Clemson College, labored with journalists at The Write-up on the story. He wrote on Twitter that trolls “are out there hoping to affect our conversations in advance of November.”
Offending accounts appeared to use stolen shots of real persons such as army veterans and associates of law enforcement in their profile pictures.
Collectively, the accounts experienced 265,000 retweets or Twitter mentions. Some of them had amassed around 10,000 followers.
Linvill instructed Reuters that most of the accounts have been set up in 2017 and that they had grow to be extra lively in the previous couple of months.
A Twitter spokesperson explained to CNBC: “Our groups are doing the job diligently to look into this activity and will consider action in line with the Twitter Policies if Tweets are discovered to be in violation. Presently, we have taken action on some Tweets and accounts for violations of our guidelines on system manipulation and spam.”
Twitter is but to say how numerous accounts it has suspended or who is at the rear of them.
Twitter writes on its website that it does not allow users to “to artificially amplify or suppress information and facts or engage in habits that manipulates or disrupts people’s encounter on Twitter.”
The news comes just months right before the U.S. presidential election on Nov. 3.
In the U.S., around 10% of Black voters are supporting Trump, according to polling website FiveThirtyEight.