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#TwitterLockOut: Twitter suspends thousands of suspected bot accounts; conservatives cry foul
Twitter's cracking down upon bot accounts obviously seems to have outraged the conservative Twitter users. They have also accused the micro blogging social media site of having a Left-wing bias. This comes after thousands of Twitter accounts were overnight disabled over "suspicious account behaviours" and policy violations.

The allegations of Russia using bot accounts to meddle in the United States' Presidential elections have been going on for long and to a very large extent, the allegations seem to be coming true as well.

As the bot accounts were purged, the hashtag #TwitterLockOut started trending in America. But who are the affected ones? While the real and legitimate accounts of people have not been deactivated, but those who had far more bot followers, have witnessed a drastic drop in their followers overnight.

Since Twitter has not revealed the number of accounts it has purged, it is difficult to estimate how many of such accounts were suspended. But there is no doubt that the number seems to be in thousands. All Twitter said was that it's identifying accounts which show an automated behaviour and are suspending such accounts. Refuting allegations of suspending bots of a specific political leaning, it said that its tools are apolitical.

"Twitter's tools are apolitical, and we enforce our rules without political bias," the company said in a statement.

Fake accounts is a problem the world of social media has been struggling with. There have been claims that close to 15 per cent of the total accounts present on Twitter are fake. The situation is no better in case of other social media platforms like Facebook. But social media sites have been suspending accounts that they find fake. Last month, Twitter had suspended more than 1 million fake accounts.

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