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Tue Oct 13, 2020, 06:41 PM

Twitter suspends accounts claiming to be Black Trump supporters over spam, manipulation

Source: Reuters

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OCTOBER 13, 2020 4:48 PM UPDATED 17 MINUTES AGO

Twitter suspends accounts claiming to be Black Trump supporters over spam, manipulation

(Reuters) - Twitter Inc on Tuesday said it had suspended a number of accounts that claimed to be owned by Black supporters of President Donald Trump and his re-election campaign, saying the accounts broke its rules on spam and platform manipulation.

“Our teams are working diligently to investigate this activity and will take action in line with the Twitter Rules if Tweets are found to be in violation,” said a spokeswoman for the social media company.

Darren Linvill, a social media disinformation researcher at Clemson University who said he had been tracking the accounts since Saturday, found more than two dozen accounts which had collectively had 265,000 retweets or Twitter mentions. He said the accounts ranged in size but some had gained tens of thousands of followers.

A review of some of the suspended accounts showed they often used images of real people that did not match their name and posted identical language in their messages, including the phrase: “YES IM BLACK AND IM VOTING FOR TRUMP!!!”

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Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-twitter-disinformation/twitter-suspends-accounts-claiming-to-be-black-trump-supporters-over-spam-manipulation-idUSKBN26Y2ZM

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