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Twitter removes state-backed accounts from Saudi Arabia, China, Spain

Twitter has removed state-backed accounts from the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Ecuador, China and Spain, the company said Friday.

“Transparency and openness are deep-seated values at the heart of Twitter which define and guide our methodology around these disclosures. Today, we are disclosing six additional datasets covering five separate jurisdictions,” the social media platform said.

Twitter, Google and Facebook have been under intense scrutiny since the 2016 U.S. presidential election, after it became clear that Russian-backed pages and accounts used the platforms to influence American voters. In October 2018, Twitter started an archive database of state-backed information operations.

In its blog post today, Twitter said it deleted 259 accounts operated by Spains Popular Party, which “falsely boost[ed] public sentiment online” in the country. “These accounts were active for a relatively short period, and consisted primarily of fake accounts engaging in spamming or retweet behavior to incrRead More – Source

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