(San Francisco) Twitter suspended several fake accounts that pretended to be African-American supporters of Donald Trump and had managed to garner thousands of followers in a matter of days.
Posted Oct 13, 2020 at 11:05 PM
"Our teams are working around the clock to investigate this activity and will take action in accordance with Twitter regulations if the tweets conflict," a spokesman for the San Francisco-based group said Tuesday.
Darren Linvill, a Clemson University professor who specializes in social media disinformation, posted examples of these fake accounts on Twitter.
“Yes, I'm black and I vote for toffee! The gauchos won't like it, but I don't care! ! ! For example, Ted Katya's profile tweeted on September 17th with lots of emojis. This tweet has been shared more than 6,000 times and & # 39; liked & # 39; more than 16,000 times.
Most of these accounts & # 39; "Used photos of real Americans on their profiles." Several were followed by tens of thousands of subscribers, "said Linvill.
Twitter has suspended the identified profiles for misleading users about their intentions and who they are. , manipulating public debate.
The company bans the use of its platform "to artificially amplify or suppress information, or engage in behavior that manipulates or disrupts people's experiences on Twitter," according to a rule that was released in September. 16, when massive disinformation campaigns took place. exported from abroad, especially Russia, to influence voters.
The platforms have come a long way in terms of dismantling large-scale operations, but are now facing a plethora of small-scale attempts, from the spread of false information to fake accounts that appear credible, such as the ones suspended on Tuesday. .
The actors behind these types of campaigns often use topical issues that stir public opinion, such as the pandemic or the Black Lives Matter movements (& # 39; black lives matter & # 39;), to quickly get the most people to attract possible people.