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Twitter removed thousands of accounts discouraging U.S. vote participation

Twitter removed thousands of accounts discouraging U.S. vote participation

They were able to find these messages due to the party creating its own system that identifies and reports malicious automated accounts.

The suspicious tweets were initially spotted by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, a group that supports party candidates seeking terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, and subsequently brought them to Twitter's attention prior to their being removed in late September and early October, the report said.

Twitter has confirmed the removal of thousands of accounts for not only discouraging people from voting in next week's U.S. elections, but also falsely appearing to originate from the Democratic Party.

This system is part of publicly available tools called "Hoaxley" and "Bolometer" that were developed by computer researchers at the University of Indiana.

Krikorian did not say whether the flagged posts were ultimately removed by Twitter.

Twitter said it appeared the account network was run out of the United States, but did not provide details on how the accounts worked.

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Ahead of midterms, Twitter established communication channels for both major USA parties to report any suspicious activities but did not mention any complaints from Republicans.

In addition to hacking Democratic targets including the DCCC and leaking internal documents leaked during the 2016 race, Russian operatives weaponized Twitter and other social media platforms to sow discord and attack Mrs. Clinton's campaign, according to USA officials.

The bill would make it illegal to use the bots to influence voting.

One of these partners includes RoBhat Labs who develops technology that can identify bots and what the political-bias is in the message.

Most of the accounts were posing as Democrats, the social media company said.