Twitter has been cleaning out the website to get rid of fake accounts. In the last two months, they have suspended more than one million accounts per day to cut down the flow of misinformation, 70 million accounts have been removed in May and June for the purpose. Twitter has continued to clear out at the exact rate in July as well.
According to The Washington Post, the rate is double than the social media platform was removing previously in October when on congressional demands the party exposed how Russia used bogus accounts to create a mess in the U.S. presidential election. In May, it recognized and confronted more than 9.9 million automated accounts per week, compared with 6.4 million in December 2017.
“Due to technology and process improvements during the past year, we are now removing 214 per cent more accounts for violating our spam policies on a year-on-year basis,” the company said in a blog post last month.
Twitter and other social media platforms such as Facebook Inc. have been under inspection by the lawmakers of US and watchdogs for doing insufficient to stop the spread of fake accounts and content. The companies have been working such as removing irrelevant user accounts, introducing new updates and aggressively supervising content to help users keep away from being victims to fake content.
“It’s hard to believe that 70 million accounts were affected when Twitter has only 336 million monthly active users (MAU),” Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter said. “My guess is that a large number of these suspended accounts were dormant, it should have little impact on the company,” Pachter told the media.
Twitter’s MAU is expected to grow nearly three percent to 337.06 in the second quarter, according to media. The analyst says; if the 70 million were mostly active accounts, the affected accounts would have been “screaming bloody murder.”
In February, it guaranteed that it was wiping out bots and will not silence conservatives. But in order to promote more genuine interaction, the company has also taken the opportunity to shut down retweet-spamming accounts.