Twitter Suspended 58 Million Accounts In Three Months To Fight Malicious And Fake Accounts On The Social Network
Twitter suspended at least 58 million user accounts in the final three months of 2017, according to new data obtained by The Associated Press.
The latest figure highlights the social network’s renewed attack on malicious and suspicious accounts.
Investors have previously voiced concerns the suspension of malicious accounts could could affect user growth on the platform.
It comes after the 2016 US presidential election was soiled by Russian disinformation efforts, which were spread using social networks, including Twitter.
Last week, Twitter confirmed figures published by the Washington Post that claimed the service had suspended 70 million accounts between May and June.
The widespread suspensions have raised questions as to whether the crackdown will affect Twitter’s user growth, with some investors believing they should have been warned about the suspensions earlier.
The San Francisco-based company has been struggling with user growth, when compared to rivals including Instagram and Facebook.
The number of suspended accounts originated with Twitter’s ‘firehose,’ a data stream it makes the entire stream of social network posts available to academics, companies, and others who are willing to pay for access.
The new figure sheds light on Twitter’s attempt to improve ‘information quality’ on its service — its term for countering fake accounts, bots, disinformation and other malicious occurrences.
[Credi: dailymail UK]