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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Call it a purge. A lockout. A censorship campaign. Regardless of the term, conservative and far-right Twitter users are furious about the loss of thousands of followers overnight, with influencers and partisans particularly inflamed by what they perceive to be a targeted attack by the social platform.

Twitter confirmed Wednesday that it's cleaning up the site, saying it was enforcing its rules "without political bias" as part of an ongoing effort to confirm that followers are actual humans.

The move isn't the first Twitter has taken against a large number of accounts.

In November, for example, Twitter stripped the verification badge from accounts associated with white nationalists. Those included accounts belonging to Richard Spencer, who advocates a separate white homeland, and Jason Kessler, the organizer of the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.




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That same month, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai criticized Twitter for having a "double standard" in how it treats conservative users.

The company is also in a nearly continual battle against persistent Russian-tied activity around nearly every hot-button topic. After the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, bots last week began flooding Twitter with gun-related hashtags.

But Twitter isn't alone in trying to rid itself of fake accounts linked to Russia. Last week, special counsel Robert Mueller indicted 13 Russian nationals for a campaign of false news waged on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

"It's long overdue," Brian Solis, an analyst with the Altimeter Group, said of the move to purge the bots. "Quite honestly, it's still not enough. It's a fraction of what Twitter needs to do."


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"While Twitter didn't provide details on the number of accounts affected by the sweep, conservative critics, including white nationalist Richard Spencer, complained about losing thousands of their followers. They're posting under the hashtag #TwitterLockout.

Richard 🐉 Spencer
I've lost close to 1,000 followers offer the past few hours.

Major purge underway.
1:03 AM - Feb 21, 2018

Follower tallies tell the tale. Using the social-listening tool CrowdTangle, which pulls directly from Twitter's API, we looked at overnight follower activity. And the right isn't wrong -- many popular accounts lost numerous followers." SEE LINK

Awww.... Hannity, Spencer, Breitbart, Malkin and others losing bot followers?

Makes me want to cry.

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2018-02-21 03:10 PM | Reply

Taylor Wright
‏ @mynamehear
2h2 hours ago

Can we call the #TwitterLockout the Trolling Green Massacre?


#2 | Posted by 726 at 2018-02-21 03:43 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

I find it amusing that I first found out these people were targeted by the Twitter lock out when they tweeted about it.

#3 | Posted by RevDarko at 2018-02-21 03:46 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I'd be interested in Twitter's follow-up on this. But for now, based upon what I've seen from various sources, it could just be that the Conservatives have more bot followers that artificially inflated the number of total followers they had.

#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2018-02-21 04:17 PM | Reply

What about that fake account "@realdonaldtrump"

I don't believe its real. Shouldn't it really be @POTUS?

They should lock that account until the owner has shown them a real birth certificate.

The long form.

#5 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-02-21 04:18 PM | Reply

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