Jul 9, 2018

Twitter 'shuts down millions of fake accounts'

Twitter has shut down up to 70 million fake and suspicious accounts since May, according to the Washington Post. "Until recently, Twitter did not think bots were a problem on its platform and did not lead a strong bot-detection effort," he told the BBC. "It was only after Brexit and the 2016 election, where these bots became a liability and Twitter, as well as Facebook began taking them seriously." A spokesman for Twitter said the Washington Post report was "Nothing new" and added that the account suspensions were part of its "Ongoing work to improve the health of the public conversation on Twitter". The spokesman pointed to a blog by Yoel Roth and Ms Harvey, which talked about how Twitter tackled spam and bots on its service. Who has helped create the Astroscreen software to spot bots, said it was only going to get harder for Twitter to spot and remove the junk accounts.

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