Twitter suspended a whopping 70 million accounts in May and June

Twitter suspended a whopping 70 million accounts in May and June
U.S. intelligence agencies say that the Russians meddled with the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and one of the conduits that they used to get the results they wanted were social media sites. With so much at stake, these same agencies expect an encore in the weeks leading up to the 2018 mid-term elections. Despite all of the news related to the subject, it still is stunning to hear that Twitter has been suspending accounts at the rate of over 1 million a day, according to The Washington Post.

Over the last two full months, more than 70 million Twitter accounts have been suspended and the rate has doubled since last October. The data obtained by the Post shows that July suspensions are running at the same pace. And this is bound to have a negative effect on the company, the stock, and Twitter stockholders. One person who remained anonymous because he is not authorized to talk to the media, says that Twitter could report a drop in the number of monthly users for the just completed second quarter. 

The pickup in the number of suspensions represents a change in the thinking of Twitter's top brass. Del Harvey, Twitter’s Vice President for Trust and Safety, said that it has only been recently that the company developed the technology to find the accounts that deserve to be suspended. This also required Twitter to decide that the safety of the public is more important than "free expression." Harvey said in an interview last week that free expression means little if people don't feel safe.


The Russian troll factory known as the Internet Research Agency, which was indicted in the U.S. by a Grand Jury along with 13 Russian nationals and two other corporate entities, had over 3,000 Twitter accounts at the time of the 2016 election. More than 50,000 automated accounts had connections to the Russian government at that time, according to Twitter.

In a blog post published late last month, Twitter said that it is challenging 10 million accounts a week (see the image at the top of this article). This is being done to verify account owners, who are asked to confirm their phone number or an email address on record.

As of the end of last year, Twitter had 330 million monthly active users.

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11 Comments

1. lyndon420

Posts: 6752; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

So what if there were millions of fake twitter accounts. I fail to see how that influenced anything to do with the election. It takes real people / real American citizens to vote in a president...am I wrong?! Wanna see a bunch of fake accounts? Try visiting A.F.F. or P.O.F. ....pretty nasty lol. Nonetheless...kudos to Twitter for trying to clean up any garbage.

2. f_u_006

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 19, 2014

I guess making "fake" news go viral and causing hysteria ultimately translates as meddling.

10. lyndon420

Posts: 6752; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Ultimately...a person is smart, but people are dumb.

5. vijaysivakula

Posts: 229; Member since: Aug 17, 2011

You sir should research and learn about how media can influence public opinion. Even what you spouted here is part of influencing public opinion.

6. worldpeace

Posts: 3130; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Yeah, because our society filled with gullible people.. "Oh, this news got 1k retweet, it must be legit and I think other people need to know it, I should retweet it" - Some random person out there

3. rouyal

Posts: 1576; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

The more that comes to light, the more shows that it was the FBI, DNC, and media that tried ‘meddling’ in the election.

8. deejay52420

Posts: 29; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Not the RNC tho because they are all standup guys right?

11. rouyal

Posts: 1576; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

I won't say any political group is "stand up guys", but do you have any links to RNC meddling, something along the lines of rigging their primary election, or the sitting President using the FBI to spy on a political opponent?

4. Doogie203

Posts: 16; Member since: Jun 08, 2016

This clearly means that these accounts were used in some kind of way to help spread propaganda over Twitter. These accounts can post and retweet negative information en masse about Hilary for the purpose of swaying the opinion of the millions of Twitter users that vote. There is no other conclusion or deep state conspiracy except with the Russians and I’m glad to see measures that can potentially depress Russian influence in our elections.

12. rouyal

Posts: 1576; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Clearly. Those banned accounts couldn’t possibly be set up for spam. They were all Russian boogeyman accounts.

7. doublestandardz

Posts: 103; Member since: Jul 06, 2018

Prez keeps winning and winning and winning God bless America

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