In an apparently aggressive bid to block the flow of false information, the micro-blogging site Twitter has been suspending more than one million fake and dubious accounts on a daily basis. Twitter is said to have 336 million active users and the company has been facing some sharp criticism in recent times for allegedly not doing enough to control the proliferation of bots and trolls created to spread disinformation.
It is widely believed that the alleged Russia-linked fake accounts fired off false tweets in an effort to sway the 2016 US presidential vote. The social media platform has more than doubled its crackdown rate since late last year. This new offensive against such accounts represents something of an ideological shift in the tech company; it had long abstained from policing potential abuses of the platform in the name of free speech.
“Free expression doesn’t really mean much if people don’t feel safe,” Del Harvey, Twitter’s vice president for trust and safety, was quoted by Washington Post was quoted as saying.