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Twitter suspends 70 pro-Michael Bloomberg accounts for “platform manipulation”

Twitter announced Friday that it would suspend 70 accounts that posted content in support of the Michael Bloomberg presidential campaign, first reported By the Los Angeles Times.

“We have taken enforcement action for a group of accounts for violating our rules against platform manipulation and spam,” a Twitter spokesperson said The edge.

The dozens of suspensions of Twitter Friday’s accounts focus on pro-Bloomberg messages that release identical messages. According to the Times, contain some tweets “A president is born: Barbra Streisand sings Mike’s praise”, as part of the core of the message. It is contrary to Twitter’s rules to “artificially reinforce or disrupt the conversation through the use of multiple accounts” or to compensate people to stimulate messages, “even if the people involved only use one account.”

Bloomberg, a former mayor of New York City and late comer of the Democratic primary 2020, has paid for a tsunami of advertisements on television and social media more than $ 1 million a day only on Facebook. Some are more traditionally placed through Facebook and Google advertising tools, but the Bloomberg campaign has also ventured to pay individual people and influencers for sponsored messages.

As part of this strategy, the Bloomberg campaign has hired hundreds of people in California to flood Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with positive messages about the former mayor and his campaign. By posting these messages, people can earn $ 2500 a month.

Responding to the suspensions, Bloomberg spokesman Sabrina Singh said The edge that the campaign encourages campaign workers to “identify themselves as working on behalf of the Mike Bloomberg 2020 campaign on their social media accounts.” Singh continued: “By persuasion [a voter canvassing app] Content is shared by employees and volunteers in their network of friends and family and was not intended to mislead anyone. “

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