Twitter: No Political Bias in Crackdown of Suspicious Accounts

Twitter: No Political Bias in Crackdown of Suspicious Accounts

This story originally appeared on PCMag Twitter's attempts to fight abuse faced some backlash on Wednesday when conservative pundits complained their Twitter followers had been "purged" in a company crackdown of rule-breaking accounts. Twitter's general counsel Vijaya Gadde confirmed the crackdown, but said it had nothing to do with politics. "Yesterday we took action against a number of accounts that we believe have violated our policies by creating new accounts after being suspended," she said in a tweet. "This is a part of the work we're doing every day to improve Twitter." — Vijaya Gadde (@vijaya) February 21, 2018 The company hasn't said how many accounts were taken down, but several conservative pundits including Fox News commentator Dan Bongino reported losing thousands of followers the night before. I see twitter did some pruning overnight erasing followers. "While it may be hard to see follower counts go down, these actions are making Twitter a better place for everyone," she added. #botsandprayers #TwitterLockOut — Tim Rote (@timrote) February 21, 2018 On the same day, Twitter took another step to prevent bad actors from spreading propaganda by clamping down on developers who abuse the platform's API. Developers are banned from spamming out the actions, Twitter said. Developers who fail to comply by March 23 can face the suspension of their accounts and applications.

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Twitter: No Political Bias in Crackdown of Suspicious Accounts

This story originally appeared on PCMag

Twitter’s attempts to fight abuse faced some backlash on Wednesday when conservative pundits complained their Twitter followers had been “purged” in a company crackdown of rule-breaking accounts.

Twitter’s general counsel Vijaya Gadde confirmed the crackdown, but said it had nothing to do with politics.

“Yesterday we took action against a number of accounts that we believe have violated our policies by creating new accounts after being suspended,” she said in a tweet. “This is a part of the work we’re doing every day to improve Twitter.”

We enforce our rules without political bias. We are committed to continuing these efforts to make Twitter better and everyone should expect continued visible impact of our work.

— Vijaya Gadde (@vijaya) February 21, 2018

The company hasn’t said how many accounts were taken down, but several conservative pundits including Fox News commentator Dan Bongino reported losing thousands of followers the night before. “The twitter purge is real,” he said.

On Wednesday, critics of the crackdown were tweeting the hastag #TwitterLockOut, and raising questions over whether the platform was censoring conservative voices.

I see twitter did some pruning overnight erasing followers. they snatched a bunch from me but I’m reading a lot if folks got hit much harder. who knows what their criteria is but hope it’s not…

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