Twitter Bans Another 486 Bad Actors

Like Facebook and other top social networks, Twitter continues to crack down on accounts that engage in what it calls “coordinated manipulation.”

A week after suspending 284 such accounts, the company just banned another 486 bad actors.

“Since our initial suspensions last Tuesday, we have continued our investigation, further building our understanding of these networks,” Twitter revealed on Monday.

While its investigation remains ongoing, Twitter said last week that many of the offending accounts appear to have originated from Iran. “Fewer than 100 of the 770 suspended accounts claimed to be located in the U.S. — and many of these were sharing divisive social commentary,” Twitter said on Monday.

On average, the 100 accounts in question tweeted 867 times, and were followed by 1,268 other accounts. In addition, Twitter found that the majority were less than a year old.

Many of the tweets were of a political nature. They appear to be part of a larger effort by foreign governments to sow political discord among U.S. voters.

Twitter said it identified one advertiser from the newly suspended set, which ran just $30 in ads in 2017. Those particular ads did not target the U.S., and the billing address was located outside of Iran, according to Twitter.

The company says it continues to work with law enforcement and its peer companies to reduce coordinated disinformation campaigns.

Along with Twitter, both Facebook and Google deleted hundreds of accounts with suspected ties to the Iranian and Russian governments last week.

With the help of cybersecurity firm FireEye, Facebook reported removing 652 Pages, groups and accounts, which targeted users on Facebook and Instagram.

In addition, Microsoft recently foiled another attempt by the Russian government to meddle in the U.S. electoral process. On the news, Brad Smith, Microsoft's president-chief legal officer, suggested that the problem of foreign actors attempting to meddle with its network is getting worse.

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  1. Douglas Ferguson from College of Charleston, August 30, 2018 at 9:49 a.m.

    Free speech is such a nuisance, right? I think the framers of the First Amendment worried that governments (and organizations under government pressure) would decide what's OK to say.

  2. manish dwived from samwebstudio, August 31, 2018 at 1:17 a.m.

    Here's a cool rule: "Harassment campaigns against literal children (and survivors of mass shootings) is bad, actually, and has no place on our website"
    Maybe this one: "Hate speech and attacks on people based on their…sex, gender, or gender identity are bad, actually, and prohibited on our website"?

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