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Twitter suspends 70 pro-Bloomberg accounts, citing ‘platform manipulation and spam’

Twitter suspends fake Bloomberg accounts
Twitter is suspending dozens of pro-Bloomberg accounts, citing “platform manipulation and spam.” (Image: Pixabay)

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Twitter is suspending 70 pro-Bloomberg accounts for violating its rules against “platform manipulation and spam.”

The Twitter smackdown blocks Mike Bloomberg‘s attempts to create artificial social-media buzz for his presidential campaign through the use of paid accounts that mass-disburse identical pro-Bloomberg propaganda.

“We have taken enforcement action on a group of accounts for violating our rules against platform manipulation and spam,” a Twitter rep said. “Some of the suspensions will be permanent, while in other cases account owners will have to verify they have control of their accounts.”

The spamming campaign roused the attention of Twitter headquarters after using identical images, text, links, and hashtags to mass-distribute pro-Bloomberg propaganda

Many of those Twitter accounts were created in the past two months — right after Bloomberg announced his presidential campaign on Nov. 24, 2019.

According to the Los Angeles Times, “as part of a far-reaching social media strategy, the Bloomberg campaign has hired hundreds of temporary employees to pump out campaign messages through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. These ‘deputy field organizers’ receive $2,500 per month to promote the former New York mayor’s candidacy within their personal social circles.”

Twitter has a policy that bans users from artificially boosting engagement on tweets. In suspending the 70 pro-Bloomberg accounts, Twitter said the Bloomberg campaign broke its rules against:

  • Creating multiple accounts to post duplicative content.
  • Posting identical or substantially similar Tweets or hashtags from multiple accounts you operate.
  • Coordinating with or compensating others to engage in artificial engagement or amplification, even if the people involved use only one account.

In a statement, Sabrina Singh — a spokesperson for the Bloomberg campaign — claimed that the campaign did not intend to deceive or mislead Twitter users.

Meanwhile, Bloomberg is still reeling from the group beatdown he suffered at last week’s Democratic primary debate.

The former New York City mayor was widely criticized for being woefully unprepared to respond to the barrage of predictable attacks against his past sexist comments and aggressive stop-and-frisk policy, which many claim was racist.

Bloomberg is also accused of trying to “buy the election” by spamming TV viewers with around-the-clock campaign ads.

https://twitter.com/Herbert_L_Reed/status/1202659935357677568

Bloomberg News also ignited volcanic backlash after its editor-in-chief ordered his staff not to investigate their boss or any Democratic presidential candidate.

Naturally, Bloomberg News said it will continue to vigorously investigate President Trump. Mike Bloomberg holds an 89% ownership stake in Bloomberg LP.

Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale responded by yanking Bloomberg News’ press credentials.

In a statement, Parscale said:  “The decision by Bloomberg News to formalize preferential reporting policies is troubling and wrong. Bloomberg News has declared that they won’t investigate their boss or his Democrat competitors, many of whom are current holders of high office, but will continue critical reporting on President Trump.”

Parscale continued:  “Since they have declared their bias openly, the Trump campaign will no longer credential representatives of Bloomberg News for rallies or other campaign events.”

Mike Bloomberg can buy campaign workers and Twitter followers. But he can’t buy this.

https://twitter.com/TeamTrump/status/1230978704114884610

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