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Twitter Crackdown On Misleading Tweets Begins As It Suspends 70 Pro-Bloomberg Accounts

Twitter’s new policy targeting misleading Tweets may kick-off with labeling them bright orange and with the suspension of 70 Pro-Bloomberg accounts. This crackdown had been announced since the beginning of 2020 and may start taking effect anytime soon.


According to an NBC report, Twitter would apply a different colour to posts that may not be true. This will likely start with political posts as the campaign season in the United States is upon us.


A Twitter spokesperson confirmed this when speaking with the media house. The person said:


“We’re exploring a number of ways to address misinformation and provide more context for tweets on Twitter. Misinformation is a critical issue and we will be testing many different ways to address it.”


Rumours have it that the label will read: “Harmfully Misleading”. In addition, the service will notify users with the message: “Twitter Community reports have identified this tweet as violating the Community Policy on Harmfully Misleading Information. This tweet’s visibility will be reduced.”


Also, to ensure people get the correct information, the Twitter algorithm would come into play. This tool will ensure that facts from experts appear after the false tweet.


As we have reported in January, there may also be suspensions of such accounts under Twitter’s new policy. This has allegedly happened to some users. These are influencer accounts that presidential aspirant, Mike Bloomberg is using to push his campaign.

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Twitter revealed that it would be suspending the accounts as they flout its rules on manipulation and spam. One of the company’s representative said in a statement:


“We have taken enforcement action on a group of accounts for violating our rules against platform manipulation and spam.”


It has since Friday 21st February 2020 suspended many of the accounts while placing restrictions on others until it verifies the owners. The 70 pro-Bloomberg Twitter accounts have allegedly been spreading the same copy-and-pasted content.


The affected accounts had shared: “A President Is Born: Barbra Streisand sings Mike’s praises. Check out her tweet,” and ended the post with a link. In response, Bloomberg’s spokeswoman Sabrina Singh said:


“We ask that all of our deputy field organizers identify themselves as working on behalf of the Mike Bloomberg 2020 campaign on their social media accounts. Through Outvote content is shared by staffers and volunteers to their network of friends and family and was not intended to mislead anyone.”


Is this the end to the Twitter influencing business for many users lacking real content? However, for now, Twitter has only focused on suspending pro-Bloomberg accounts.


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Onwuasoanya Obinna

A reader of books and stringer of words. Passionate about Science and Tech. When not writing or reading he is surfing the web and Tweeting.

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