Twitter suspends over 70 million bots in two months to combat fake news

Twitter suspends over 70 million bots in past months to combat fake news

Twitter has suspended more than 70 million accounts in May and June to combat fake news according to the Washington Post.

The data was provided to the Washington Post by a person with access to one of Twitter’s “Firehose” products, which organizations buy to track tweets and social media metrics.

Twitter's move comes after it faced heavy backlash from U.S lawmakers and international regulators for US presidential election meddling. It then further banned ads from Russia Today and Sputnik.

Twitter is also looking into the concept of measuring conversational health to combat abuse on the platform. It has also made more moves to tackle bots on its platform.

The social media platform is also attempting to bolster transparency tools as midterm elections approach.

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