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Twitter trends #TwitterLockOut to remove bot accounts

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The malicious accounts unfavourably affected the number of monthly active users of Twitter

Only a month after getting rid of more than one million fake accounts, Twitter is on the verge of making an attempt to remove the bot accounts from its platform.

#TwitterLockOut was a top trend on the social media platform on Wednesday. Several users reported that their accounts were suspended until they provided their telephone numbers to prove they were real.

In Twitter’s latest earnings report, it said that the number of monthly active users was adversely affected due to increased information quality efforts, which was a part of the company’s overall efforts to reduce malicious activity on the service, inclusive of spam, malicious automation and fake accounts.

However, several Twitter users have complained about losing followers and political prejudices.

The social networking site responded the grievances and said: “Twitter’s tools are apolitical, and we enforce our rules without political bias. Everyday, we proactively look for suspicious account behaviours that indicate inorganic or automated activity, violations of our policies around having multiple accounts, or abuse. And everyday, we take action on any accounts we find that violate our terms of service, including by asking account owners to confirm a phone number so we can confirm a human is behind it. This is part of our ongoing, comprehensive efforts to make Twitter safer and healthier for everyone.”

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