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Twitter deletes over 10,000 accounts of those who urged to abstain from voting in U.S. elections

The calls were published allegedly on behalf of the U.S. Democratic Party, but party representatives denied their involvement
17:40, 3 November 2018

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The Twitter company has deleted more than 10,000 accounts that published calls that discouraged people from voting in elections to the US Congress. This is reported by Reuters.

'We took action on the relevant accounts and their activity on Twitter,' said the social network representative.

It is noted that the calls were published allegedly on behalf of the US Democratic Party, but party representatives denied their involvement in the publication of such messages and notified Twitter about this.

Related: Twitter CEO to be questioned in US Senate


According to Reuters, 10,000 Twitter accounts is not a large number, given the removal of millions of accounts for spreading misinformation during the US presidential elections in 2016.

While the prevalence of misinformation campaigns have so far been modest in the run-up to the Congressional elections on November 6, Democrats are hoping the flagging operation will help them react quickly if there is a flurry of such messages in the coming days.

The Tweets included ones that discouraged the Democrats supporters from voting, saying that would drown out the voice of women, according to two of the sources familiar with the flagging operation.

As reported, US President Donald Trump signed a decree imposing sanctions on foreign nationals or companies accused of interfering in the U.S. elections. Evidence of the intervention will be based on intelligence data.

Related: Twitter suspends accounts linked with Russian intelligence services

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