Linked to government and parties, aimed at manipulating public opinion
Twitter has announced today that it has permanently suspended thousands of fake accounts, used to propagate information and manipulative public campaigns on behalf of some states. The accounts are mainly related to the United Arab Emirates, but also to Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Ecuador and China.
In detail, Twitter has banned from the platform 4248 accounts operated by the Emirates to Qatar and Yemen. The tweet’s arguments ranged from the civil war in Yemen to the Shiite armed group of Huthi. Another 273 deleted accounts were used by the Emirates and Egypt to conduct a “multi-faceted information operation with the Qatar as a primary target”, along with other countries such as Iran, and to circulate messages in support of the Saudi government. Six other suspended accounts were linked to Saudi Arabia’s state information apparatus.
In Spain, Twitter has removed 265 fake accounts operated by the People’s Party. In Ecuador, on the other hand, just over a thousand accounts linked to the Alianza País party were eliminated in the summer. Finally, in China, where a network of 200,000 fake accounts was identified in August aimed at “sowing discord over the protest movement in Hong Kong”, 4,301 accounts were eliminated.