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Conservatives on Twitter Lose Thousands of Followers in Apparent Bot Purge

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By    |   Wednesday, 21 February 2018 01:25 PM

Conservative Twitter users on Wednesday claim that they've lose thousands of followers in what appears to be an overnight purge of bot accounts.

Many well-known conservative and alt-right Twitter users reported losing hundreds or thousands or users overnight, with some claiming that their own accounts were temporarily restricted for "unusual activity."

Twitter told The Verge when asked for comment: "Twitter's tools are apolitical, and we enforce our rules without political bias. As part of our ongoing work in safety, we identify suspicious account behaviors that indicate automated activity or violations of our policies around having multiple accounts, or abuse.

"We also take action on any accounts we find that violate our terms of service, including asking account owners to confirm a phone number so we can confirm a human is behind it. That's why some people may be experiencing suspensions or locks. This is part of our ongoing, comprehensive efforts to make Twitter safer and healthier for everyone."

However, many conservatives who lost followers contend that the social media site has targeted users for their political views.

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Conservative Twitter users on Wednesday claim that they've lose thousands of followers in what appears to be an overnight purge of bot accounts.
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