Twitter Removes 5,929 Saudi Accounts it Deems State-Backed
Twitter says it has removed nearly 6,000 accounts it has deemed tied to a state-backed information operation in Saudi Arabia.
Twitter says the accounts violated its “platform manipulation policies” and targeted discussions related to Saudi Arabia and advancing its geopolitical interests.
The accounts are part of a larger group of 88,000 accounts engaged in “spammy behavior” across a wide range of topics.
But Twitter isn't disclosing all of them because some might be compromised accounts.
Social media companies have been trying to tackle misinformation on their services after revelations that Russians bankrolled fake political ads during the 2016 U.S. elections.