Jun 14, 2019

Twitter removes Iranian-backed accounts

Twitter has removed almost 4,800 accounts it claimed were being used by Iran to spread misinformation. The accounts were deleted alongside others from several different groups as Twitter tries to tackle interference. The 4,800 accounts were not a unified block, said Yoel Roth, Twitter's head of site integrity in a blog detailing its actions. These accounts were deleted in May. "Other accounts shut down included 130 set up by supporters of Catalonian independence, 33 run by a"commercial entity in Venezuela and four Russian accounts used by the notorious Internet Research Agency. Mr Roth said Twitter had collected all the suspect accounts it had removed since beginning its purge into a data set that it provided to researchers.

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