Nearly 2,000 Twitter accounts supposedly connected to a “campaign of spammy content focused on divisive political themes,” have been removed from the website by the company.
The social media company announced the purge in a blog post January 31. “Twitter has removed 764 accounts located in Venezuela. We are unable to definitively tie the accounts located in Venezuela to information operations of a foreign government against another country,” and “we have removed 1,196 accounts located in Venezuela which appear to be engaged in a state-backed influence campaign targeting domestic audiences.”
The purge is causing concern that the company is supporting US government interests over those of the Venezuelan people. The news of the latest purge comes as other social media companies have censored pages and media that do not follow the corporate media line acceptable in the US.