Thousands of Twitter accounts linked to Egypt, Honduras, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and Serbia have been taken down by Twitter on Thursday for either taking directions from the governments or promoting pro-government content.
Twitter removed 2,541 accounts in the Egypt-based El Fagr network because it created fake accounts to amplify messages critical of Iran, Qatar, and Turkey.
In this regard, Twitter also removed a total of 5,350 accounts associated with Saudi Arabia and were operating out of multiple countries including KSA, Egypt and UAE.
Those accounts were amplifying content praising Saudi leadership, and critical of Qatar and Turkish activity in Yemen.
Furthermore, an investigation that followed a report by investigative website Bellingcat on an Indonesian information operation targeting the West Papuan independence movement resulted in the removal of 795 fake accounts. A total of 8,558 accounts working to promote Serbia’s ruling party and its leader was also removed.
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