Twitter Bans 70 Bloomberg Accounts For “Spam” And “Manipulation”


( – 70 Twitter accounts linked to Michael Bloomberg’s presidential run have been suspended off the platform for breaking the terms of services. The accounts, which were tweeting in support of Bloomberg, were regularly posting messages that were identical to posts made by other users.

Twitter announced on Friday night that 70 accounts in total were being temporarily and permanently suspended, as a result of violating rules they set up to ensure the integrity of American elections.

Speaking to the Los Angeles Times, a spokesperson for Twitter explained, “We have taken enforcement action on a group of accounts for violating our rules against platform manipulation and spam.”

Taking a look at the report, it’s clear to see why. On February 19, multiple accounts all posted an identical Tweet that read, “A President is Born: Barbra Streisand sings Mike’s praises.” A link was added to the end of the tweet, encouraging people to click. Some of the accounts had profile pictures, and some did not.

They were clearly spam.

The Bloomberg campaign doesn’t seem to understand the problem, though. Sabrina Singh, a Bloomberg campaign spokeswoman, said that they @ask that all of our deputy field organizers identify themselves as working on behalf of the Mike Bloomberg 2020 campaign on their social media accounts.”

Referencing a voter engagement app, she continued, “Through Outvote, content is shared by staffers and volunteers to their network of friends and family and was not intended to mislead anyone.”

To be fair, campaigns have done things like this in the past. It’s not uncommon for supporters to tweet the same thing, but for the message to be identical is a bad move in 2020. Didn’t Bloomberg hear about the whole Russian bot controversy?

Come on!

The LA Times even reported that many of the accounts had only been made within the last two months, implying that they were set up specifically for the campaign.

Twitter said that the posts were sponsored, and by paying for these accounts to share copy-pasted content, the Bloomberg was violating its rules against “posting identical or substantially similar Tweets or hashtags from multiple accounts you operate” and “coordinating with or compensating others to engage in artificial engagement or amplification, even if the people involved use only one account.”

Hey, at least for once it’s not a conservative being banned off the platform!