Published: Tue, February 25, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Twitter Suspends Dozens Of Pro-Bloomberg Accounts For "Platform Manipulation And Spam"

Twitter Suspends Dozens Of Pro-Bloomberg Accounts For

The suspensions, which were first reported by the Los Angeles Times, related to accounts which posted the same messages in order to game the platform's analysis of the public conversation.

Twitter suspended 70 pro-Michael Bloomberg accounts from its platform, the company announced late on Friday, according to multiple news reports.

"We have taken enforcement action on a group of accounts for violating our rules against platform manipulation and spam", a Twitter spokesperson said.

Tweets found by The L.A. Times and presented to Twitter showed multiple accounts posting identical messages supportive of Mr. Bloomberg, the former three-term mayor of New York City.

Some of the accounts have been banned permanently, Twitter said, while others may be reinstated if users can prove that they control the accounts.

Such behavior is in violation of Twitter's manipulation and spam policy.

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A few days ago, the Wall Street Journal reported the campaign was hiring "deputy digital organizers" that might do everything from phone banking to social media posts, but if they want to keep their accounts, then they'll probably want to vary slightly from the recommended messaging. These staffers reportedly make $2,500 a month. However, given the sheer amount of money Bloomberg is spending ($460 million since he entered the race in November), these sorts of bans may have a limited impact. But Twitter stated that accounts that behave in the same manner will also receive the same treatment.

Bloomberg campaign spokeswoman Sabrina Singh said staffers and volunteers use an app called Outvote to share content "and was not meant to mislead anyone".

In response to the suspensions, Bloomberg spokeswoman Sabrina Singh said The edge that the campaign encourages campaign employees to "identify themselves as working on behalf of the Mike Bloomberg 2020 campaign in their social media accounts".

The social network's rule for such content would be to require the accounts to disclose paid partnerships each time there is an exchange of value between the publisher and a business partner.

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