arrested Location Twitter is a group of fake accounts claiming to be owned by black supporters of President Donald Trump and his campaign for re-election.
The social networking site said on Tuesday that the accounts had violated their policies on spam and tampering with the platform. The Washington Post was the first to report on the Twitter action.
Several fake accounts published the same artificial language, including the phrase: “Yes, I am black and I will vote for Trump!”
Darren Linville, an associate professor who studies disinformation in social media at Clemson University, worked with reporters for the Washington Post on the story. He wrote on Twitter that the trolls “are out there and are trying to influence our conversations before November.”
The violating accounts appear to be using stolen photos of real people, including: military veterans and law enforcement personnel, in their profile pictures.
The fake accounts had a total of 265,000 Retweets, or mentions. Some of those accounts have accumulated more than 10,000 followers.
Linville told Reuters: Most of the accounts were created in 2017, and they have become more active in the past two months.
A Twitter spokesman said To CNBC: “Our teams are working hard to investigate this activity and will take action in line with the Twitter Rules if Tweets are actually found to be in violation of it. Currently, we have taken action on some Tweets and accounts due to violations of our policies on platform tampering and spam. ”
Twitter has not yet determined how many accounts it has suspended, or who is behind them.
And writes Twitter stated on its website that it does not allow users to “artificially amplify or suppress information, engage in manipulative behavior, or disrupt people’s experience on Twitter.”
Separately, a report released today, Wednesday, stated that Twitter has suffered from a deficit in cybersecurity. This led to a “minor” hack last July, attributed to a Florida teenager, in which the young man seized the accounts of many of the world’s most famous personalities.
Also recommended the report The New York Financial Services Department issued that major social media companies should be treated with special treatment, such as some banks after the 2008 financial crisis, with a dedicated regulatory body that monitors their ability to combat cyber attacks and interfere in elections.