I hope I’m not the only person that views everything on my various social media feeds with suspicion…:
Twitter has taken down three separate nation-sponsored influence operations, attributed to the People’s Republic of China (PRC), Russia and Turkey. Collectively the operations consisted of 32,242 bogus or bot accounts generating the content and various amplifier accounts that retweeted it.
“Every account and piece of content associated with these operations has been permanently removed from the service,” according to the company, in a posting on Friday. “In all instances, accounts were suspended for various violations of our platform-manipulation policies.”
Researchers told Threatpost meanwhile that while the efforts are commendable, there are questions to consider, such as how pervasive influence campaigns are in general, and the role of individuals to apply critical thinking to the information they consume.