All blocked accounts were involved in information operations conducted by order of Moscow, Beijing and Ankara
Twitter Inc has blocked over 32 thousand accounts whose authors participated in information operations, which were carried out by order of the authorities of Russia, Turkey and China. The company announced this on Thursday in its corporate blog.
These are three separate information campaigns. All accounts and their contents were deleted from the social network, and the corresponding data was transferred to the Australian Institute for Strategic Policy (ASPI) and Stanford Internet Observatory (SIO).
In all cases, accounts were blocked for various violations of social network policies and manipulation of the platform.
The company disclosed and deleted 1,152 accounts associated with the pro-Russian website Current Policy, which distributes propaganda with the support of Russian government agencies. The authors of the publications, in particular, published the propaganda of the ruling United Russia party and attacked political dissidents opposing the Putin regime.
The network of Chinese accounts deleted for violating the platform’s rules has become the largest: the company liquidated 23,750 accounts, the authors of which published tweets in Chinese, glorifying the activities of the Chinese Communist Party and spreading misinformation about the events in Hong Kong.
In addition, in early 2020, Twitter discovered a network of 7,340 accounts promoting publications in support of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the ruling Justice and Development Party.
All deleted accounts and related media files have been moved to the Twitter public archive.