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US Midterms 2018: Twitter CLEARs more than 10,000 accounts for trying to influence voters

After the Democratic Party found misleading tweets that seemed to convince people not to vote in the upcoming election, a Twitter spokesman said the company had taken "action".

The spokesman said, "We've been tracking relevant accounts and activity on Twitter."

It seems that the relocations took place in late September and early October.

A source close to the Democrats told Reuters that Twitter has removed over 10,000 accounts.

This is a significantly lower figure than previous Twitter deletions, which had removed millions of accounts that they found to be spreading false information during the 2016 presidential election.

Despite the fewer relocations, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) welcomes this as a victory.

The DCCC launched a campaign this year to try to blame Twitter and other social media platforms for not responding to negative and false information posted on their websites through their former presidential candidate Hilary Clinton and other candidates were published for 2016.

The Democrats hope that by tagging accounts that disseminate false information, the response rate of social media will increase more.

One of the most recent tweets tormented by the Democrats were messages to men.

It told them that they should not vote because they would drown out the voices of female voters.

They were able to find these messages because the party created its own system that identifies and reports malicious automated accounts.

This system is part of publicly available tools called "Hoaxley" and "Bolometer", which were developed by computer scientists from the University of Indiana.

Users can use it to identify automated accounts and further analyze how they disseminate information about a particular topic.

Professor of Computer Science and Informatics at the University of Indiana, Filippo Menacer, said: "We have made Hoaxley and Botometers freely available to everyone because people deserve to know what a bot is and what is not."

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) also works with a group of contractors and other partners, all working to identify abuse campaigns as soon as possible.

These partners include RoBhat Labs, which develops technology that identifies bots, and which political prejudices are contained in the message.

According to Raffi Krikorian, Chief Technology Officer of DNC, the partnership with RoBhat has helped identify many harmful social media accounts that are then reported to companies.

He did not say if these flagged posts were subsequently removed from Twitter.

Co-Founder of RoBhat Labs Ash Bhat said, "We report to the DNC on what we see and where we are in terms of bot activity.

"We can not tell you who is behind these different events, Twitter hides that from us, but with technology you know when and how it happens."


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