Twitter Identifies Over 50,000 Accounts Linked To Russian Propaganda Efforts And Begins To Remove Many From Twitter

 In Corruption and Fraud, Russia   Last Updated: February 23, 2018

Twitter has found a “total of 50,258 automated accounts that we identified as Russian-linked and Tweeting election-related content during the election period, representing approximately two one-hundredths of a percent (0.016%) of the total accounts on Twitter at the time.”

Twitter has also notified 1.4 million users (as of January 31, 2018) who may have interacted with content from the Russian-linked accounts and removed some of these accounts in January and February of 2018.  It is unclear how many accounts have been removed, with reports tracking the number of followers for some users showing anywhere from a few thousand followers being lost (specifically Tuesday night of February 20, 2018) to more than a million for some accounts.

 

 

 

 

Twitter Public Policy. " Update on Twitter’s Review of the 2016 U.S. Election." Twitter, 19 January 2018. Web. 23 February 2018.
Jessica Guynn. "Trump supporters, conservatives rage over Russian bot purge, #TwitterLockOut." USA Today, 22 February 2018. Web. 23 February 2018.
NICHOLAS CONFESSORE, GABRIEL J.X. DANCE and RICH HARRIS. "Twitter Followers Vanish Amid Inquiries Into Fake Accounts." New York Times, 31 January 2018. Web. 23 February 2018.
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