Twitter Friday stated it had begun deleting and restricting dozens of accounts posting content praising U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg.
“We took enforcement action on some 70 accounts, which includes a mixture of permanent deletion and account challenges to verify ownership,” a Twitter spokesperson asserted in a statement
Twitter said the accounts breached its platform manipulation and spam policy, which blocks coordination among accounts to expand or disrupt conversation through the use of multiple accounts.
This can refer to creating several accounts to post duplicative content but also contains “coordinating with or compensating others to engage in artificial engagement or augmentation, even if the people involved use only one account.”
The billionaire candidate’s campaign, which has been pouring unparalleled amounts of money into an online advertising campaign, is also hiring hundreds of digital organizers to help the candidate, along with pushing content to their own social media channels.
These organizers in California receive $2,500 a month to promote Bloomberg’s candidacy by means of actions such as writing on social media to their own networks.
This month, a paid collaboration between the former New York mayor’s campaign and popular Instagram meme accounts pushed Facebook to declare it was allowing U.S.-based political nominees to run stamped or sponsored content material on its social media platforms.