More than 70 million accounts suspended Twitter for issuing false information

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Twitter INC. Suspended in May and June over 70 million of fake accounts in a massive campaign to eliminate bots and trolls from the platform, reported the Washington Post.

Measures against suspicious accounts were taken amid increasing political pressure after Congress criticized Twitter for lax regulation of foreign-controlled false accounts to propagate false information that could affect American domestic politics.

Twitter sources indicated that the rate of suspensions of accounts has increased more than twice since October and that over the last few months more than one million daily accounts were suspended.

The wave of suspensions of accounts by the world’s largest social network is one of several recent Twitter campaigns aimed at monitoring the platform and preventing spam and abuse of fake accounts.

Last month, Twitter announced “new measures to combat abuse and trolls and new policies for hate behaviors and violent extremism, and we will bring new technology and personnel to fight spam and abuse.”

Focusing on improving the health of Twitter conversations means “making sure people have access to credible, relevant, high-quality information,” said Harvey, vice president of trust and security for Twitter, in June, in an official blog.

Aggressive measures against undesirable accounts could affect their user base and a decrease in the number of monthly users could be expected in the second quarter ended last week, reported El Diario.