Twitter deletes 70 million accounts

Twitter deletes 70 million accounts
According to the Washington Post, Twitter purged more than 70 million accounts from the service since May.

The purge is part of Twitter's effort to fight against bots operating on its network, and also against "trolls" who abuse the company's terms of service. According to the report, many of the suspicious and fake accounts are remotely controlled bots that present all kinds of problems and threats.

A Twitter spokesperson told the Post that the purge was nothing new and was part of work to improve the health of the public conservation on Twitter.

He added that Twitter also took action against 142,000 applications responsible for spammy tweets on the social network.

As services like Twitter and Facebook take action against fake accounts, those responsible for them tend to change their ways to avoid detection. As new technologies including conversational AI become more widespread, it will be a much more difficult task to determine if an account represents a real individual or not.

Written by: James Delahunty @ 10 Jul 2018 6:16
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  • 3 comments
  • ivymike

    I was hoping that they finally deleted Trump's twitter account.....

    Wishful thinking?!?

    10.7.2018 20:07 #1

  • rulisky

    Originally posted by ivymike: I was hoping that they finally deleted Trump's twitter account.....

    Wishful thinking?!?
    GREAT idea!!

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    11.7.2018 06:52 #2

  • Semperfipal

    I hope Trump keeps tweeting, it just confirms what a blithering idiot he is who is unqualified to be president and commander in chief of the U.S. Armed forces IMO.

    "Do not underestimate the power of an enemy, no matter how great or small, to rise against you another day." - Atilla

    20.7.2018 13:47 #3

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