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Twitter Take away Iranian-Backed Accounts

Twitter Take away Iranian-Backed Accounts

Twitter has detached almost 4,800 accounts it demanded were being used by Iran to spread misrepresentation.

The accounts were erased alongside others from several different groups as Twitter tries to tackle intrusion.

It exposed the removals in an update to its transparency report that aims to expose the “spread of misinformation by insidious actors”.

Also detached were accounts used for Russian, Catalonian and Venezuelan propaganda.

Social manipulation

The 4,800 accounts are not a combined block, said Yoel Roth, Twitter’s head of site integrity in a blog detailing its actions.

Mr. Roth said one portion of 1,666 accounts, cumulatively sent more than two million tweets that sought to spread views backing Iran’s policies and actions.

A minor set, 248 in total, did similar work but were exactly aimed at skewing discussions about Israel.

The largest group, 2,865, used “false personas” to steer conversations about social issues in Iran and elsewhere. These accounts were erased in May.

Other accounts were closed included 130 who are set up by supporters of Catalonian independence, and 33 run by a “commercial entity in Venezuela and 4 Russian accounts used by the notorious Internet Research Agency (IRA). The IRA is supposed to have sought to influence the 2016 US presidential election via social media.

Mr. Roth said on Twitter had collected all the doubtful accounts it had detached since beginning its purge into a data set that it provided to researchers. Presently the data set contains more than 30 million tweets and more than one terabyte of images and video.


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