Twitter says it has permanently suspended a “small number” of fake accounts.
Part of a bot network that has 1212 accounts
These accounts were mis-verified just weeks after the relaunch of Twitter’s public verification program, reports the Daily Dot. The error came to light after the data scientist Conspirador Norteno discovered six verified accounts that were created recently, more precisely, on June 16. None of them posted a single tweet, and two used what seemed to be a stockpile of photos for profile pictures. We have wrongly approved applications to verify a small number of inauthentic (fake) accounts, Twitter said in a statement to the Daily Dot.
“We have now permanently suspended the accounts in question and removed the verified badge in accordance with our policy of manipulation and spam. The incident suggests that the Twitter verification process has problems and does not capture all apparently inauthentic accounts. Twitter recently relaunched public verification apps with an updated set of eligibility criteria based on the idea that an account should be “authentic, noticeable and active” in order to be verifiable. It is clear that the identified orders do not meet any of these conditions.
As Norteno explains, the six accounts had 976 common suspicious followers – all created between June 19 and June 20 – and a large number of them used profile images generated by AI. In total, Norteno says they were part of a botnet consisting of at least 1212 accounts. To date, Twitter has suspended five of the six verified accounts, while a sixth appears to have deactivated its own profile. The “majority” of the accompanying botnet has also been removed, says Norteno. But the incident raises questions about how the accounts could have been verified at all and why Twitter processes didn’t tag them before they were discovered by an independent researcher.
Source: PC Press by pcpress.rs.
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