Twitter Suspends Over 70 Million Accounts in 2 Months

July 6, 2018 9:43 pm Last Updated: July 7, 2018 1:26 pm

According to a report by the Washington Post, Twitter Inc. suspended over 70 million accounts over the two months.

Twitter, along with other social media sites, has fallen under scrutiny by U.S. lawmakers for not regulating an preventing the false content that circulates the platform.

During the months of May and June, Twitter reportedly suspended more than 70 million accounts and it continues to remove accounts through July.

Most of the accounts being suspended are suspected to be inactive accounts.

If the 70 million were mostly active accounts, the affected accounts would have been “screaming bloody murder,” explained an analyst.

According to the Washington Post report, Twitter is also targeting fake accounts and accounts with bots.

“When you have an account tweeting over a thousand times a day, there’s no question that it’s a bot,” said Samuel C. Woolley, research director of the Digital Intelligence Lab at the Institute for the Future.

However, this large-scale removal of unwanted accounts may cause a small drop in the number of monthly users during the second quarter.