Twitter goes hard on fake news, deletes over 10 000 accounts

Twitter goes hard on fake news, deletes over 10 000 accounts

- Twitter has deleted 10,000 accounts found to be propagating fake news and causing unrest

- The affected accounts were from different countries like the UAE, China, Egypt, Ecuador, and Saudi Arabia

- The removed profiles have spread false information concerning war in Yemen, outright support of Saudi government

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In its fight against propaganda, Twitter has gone ahead to delete more than 10,000 account across six different countries for stirring unrest.

Most of the accounts removed were considered to be state-sponsored and spreading false news about Saudi government and spiking disunity in the ongoing Hong Kong protest, Sky News reports.

The social media company also said that 4,302 of the accounts that were deleted were operated by the Chinese government to influence the Hong Kong protest.

Among the countries with the highest deleted account was the United Arab Emirates (UAE) which came second with 4,258 removed accounts.

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The accounts were said to have been deleted over their focus on the civil war in Yemen and the Houthi rebel movement using false personae.

Some other 267 accounts were linked to both UAE and Egypt for tweeting falsely on Qatar and countries such as Iran.

It was gathered that accounts by the proscribed tech organization, DotDev, were also removed for its supportive tweet about the Saudi government.

In Ecuador, 1,019 accounts were removed for tweeting false news about the country’s president, Lenin Moreno.

Spain has 259 accounts deleted. Also, the account of the former Saudi royal adviser, Saud al-Qahtani for bring a suspect in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a journalist.

Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za earlier reported that social media giant Twitter unlocked the account of Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) co-convener, Aisha Yesufu. The account had earlier been restricted by the social media platform.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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