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Before the vote Twitter says that accounts have been removed because of "disinformation"

For months, Twitter has been trying to remove automated and fake accounts that are supposed to manipulate the public conversation

Twitter said it had deleted a "set of accounts" on Saturday that attempted to share disinformation before the crucial midterm elections, as thousands of accounts were cut in the media reports.

The social media company "has removed a number of reports for attempting to automate the exchange of misinformation – a violation of our policies," AFP confirmed, without specifying a number.

Twitter said it has set up "open channels of communication" for election officials, Republican and Democratic election officials, and the Department of Homeland Security.

Many of the accounts were reportedly posing as Democrats, posting tweets encouraging US voters to sit on Tuesday night.

CNN said the Democratic Congress campaign committee had alerted Twitter to the accounts that were removed in late September and early October.

For months Twitter has been trying to eliminate automated and fake accounts in order to manipulate public talks on the platform in response to concerns over Russia's interference in the 2016 elections.

In October, the number of active users in the previous quarter, as a result of these efforts, declined by nine million.

US President Donald Trump recently complained that Twitter had removed some of his followers.

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