Twitter closes thousands of fake news accounts worldwide

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Washington - Accounts coming from China seeking to sow discord among protesters in Hong Kong were closed down, Twitter said.



By AFP

Published: Fri 20 Sep 2019, 5:07 PM

Last updated: Sat 21 Sep 2019, 8:31 AM

Twitter said Friday it has closed down thousands of accounts across the world for spreading fake news as well as pro-government propaganda, including in places like China and Spain.
Accounts coming from China seeking to sow discord among protesters in Hong Kong were closed down, Twitter said.
Fake news accounts were also suspended in Spain and Ecuador.
The information release is part of the company's push to improve understanding of how its platform is used by state actors to manipulate public opinion.
Twitter said they had identified 4,302 accounts based in China "attempting to sow discord about the protest movement in Hong Kong."
This follows the identification in August of more than 200,000 fake accounts in China engaged in fueling public discord in Hong Kong.


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