After being involved in disinformation in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election, Twitter has been sweeping out fake accounts like never before in the past months with more than 70 million suspended accounts in May and June and is still ongoing in July.
According to a report by washingtonpost.com, Twitter’s fake and suspicious account suspension is part of its battle against the flow of disinformation on the platform.
However, despite its efforts to lessen trolls and bots, the account suspensions may put user growth at risk and may result in a rare decline in the number of monthly users in the second quarter according to a person familiar with the situation.
But according to Twitter’s Vice President for Trust and Safety Del Harvey, the crackdown has not had “a ton of impact” on the numbers of active users standing at 336 million at the end of the first quarter.
Twitter earlier estimated that only 5 percent of its active users are fake or involved in spam and less than 8.5 percent use automation tools that characterize the accounts as bots.
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