Twitter removed thousands of accounts

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Twitter has deleted more than 10,000 bot accounts which it says were trying to persuade people not to vote in the upcoming USA midterm elections.

"We took action on relevant accounts and activity on Twitter", a Twitter spokesman stated in an email, according to Reuters.

Twitter indicates that the accounts were trying to persuade voters to stay home on election day, which would suppress the vote for the pivotal midterm elections on Tuesday.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) flagged the malicious accounts to Twitter officials, Reuters reports. "Twitter [reportedly] depended on accounts being identified by tools created by the partisan Democratic group".

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Twitter added such a similar reporting feature last week which allowed the users to report a specific tweet that they think is sent out by a bot.

The Democrats are hoping that by flagging accounts that are spreading misinformation, that they will see more progress in social media's reaction speed. Twitter did not name the exact number of suspended accounts but several reports suggested that it might amount to over 10,000.

The accounts made it appear as if the misleading information was coming from Democrats, which it was not.

Ahead of midterms, Twitter established communication channels for both major U.S. parties to report any suspicious activities but did not mention any complaints from Republicans.

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The bill would make it illegal to use the bots to influence voting.

The DCCC is reported to be working with contractors to identify misinformation campaigns.

According to DNC Chief Technology Officer Raffi Krikorian, the partnership with RoBhat has helped lead to the discovery of many malicious social media accounts that are then reported to the companies.

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