Twitter removes 10,000 accounts for ‘promoting political discord’

Twitter removes 10,000 accounts for ‘promoting political discord’
Jack Dorsey, Twitter CEO (Image: YouTube screen grab via New York Times)

[Ed. – How exactly does Twitter determine what is “false information,” especially about the Yemeni civil war, the Houthi movement, China, Hong Kong, etc?  That claim alone makes Twitter a publisher and not a platform.  “First they came for the Saudis supposedly ‘targeting’ Qatar and Iran…”]

Twitter said the accounts included more than 4000 found to be operating out of the United Arab Emirates, and 4000 others from China. More than 1000 accounts came from Ecuador, and the company also shut down accounts from Spain and Egypt, and those linked to Saudi Arabia’s “state-run media apparatus”. According to a company blog post, most of the accounts were engaged in fomenting political dissent through the spread of false information. …

It said many of the accounts in the UAE, for example, “were often employing false personae and tweeting about regional issues, such as the Yemeni Civil War and the Houthi Movement.”

Others were found to be part of an information operation that primarily targets Qatar and Iran, and spreads information that supported the government of Saudi Arabia.

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