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Twitter removed over 10,000 bots that pretended to be Democrats, tried to discourage voting

Twitter removed over 10,000 bots that pretended to be Democrats, tried to discourage voting

As per report of FOX NEWS 

Twitter deleted more than 10,000 automated accounts that were posing as Democrats and posting messages to discourage people from voting during this coming Tuesday’s midterm elections after the party flagged the tweets to the social platform, Fox News has confirmed.

The accounts were removed after the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) called attention to them, according to Reuters, which first reported the news.

“For the election this year we have established open lines of communication and direct, easy escalation paths for state election officials, DHS, and campaign organizations from both major parties. Our singular goal is to enforce our policies vigorously and protect conversational health on our service. We removed a series of accounts for engaging in attempts to share disinformation in an automated fashion — a violation of our policies. We stopped this quickly and at its source,” a Twitter spokesperson told Fox News.

The number of accounts is relatively small when compared with the millions of accounts Twitter deleted that were said to be spreading disinformation during the 2016 presidential campaign.

The tweets included ones that discouraged Democratic men from voting, saying that would drown out the voice of women, two of the sources familiar with the flagging operation told Reuters.

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