Conservative users say Twitter removing thousands of followers

Scores of prominent conservative and right-leaning Twitter users were up in arms on Wednesday morning, accusing the social media company of purging thousands of followers. A Twitter spokeswoman said in an emailed statement that the company enforces its rules "without political bias" and that the company is engaged in ongoing enforcement of its policies. We focus on suspicious account behaviors that indicate inorganic, automated activity, or abusive behavior.

"Bulk, aggressive, or very high-volume automated retweeting" is also banned, along with using multiple accounts to perform automated actions at the service such as following people, Roth said.

Some fake accounts have been traced to Russian-backed agents that the USA government says are working to sow political discord. That's why some people may be experiencing suspensions or locks, the company said. Several voiced their frustrations on Twitter, and their collective conclusion was simple: Twitter was purposefully censoring conservative voices by removing their base. The Russians are continuing to use YouTube, Facebook and Twitter just as vigorously as they did before and after the 2016 presidential election. Researchers say as many as 15 per cent of users could be fake, a number Twitter says is much lower. The hashtag "TwitterLockOut" was trending in the US, meaning thousands of accounts were tweeting about it. "This is part of our ongoing, comprehensive efforts to make Twitter safer and healthier for everyone".

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Twitter made substantial changes today that will greatly impact social media managers who oversee multiple accounts and use automation apps to manage their Twitter activity. For some Twitter users the Russian influence is clear.

The action follows an indictment announced last week by special counsel Robert Mueller against 13 Russian nationals and three Russian firms.

White nationalist Jared Taylor sued Twitter on Tuesday for banning him from the service in December, claiming the company is discriminating against him for his political views. He denies that he or his group, New Century Foundation, promote violence or associate with groups that do. "Chuck" Johnson sued Twitter, alleging the company violated his right to free speech when it permanently suspended his account in 2015 after he asked for donations to "take out" civil rights activist DeRay Mckesson.

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