It was as if millions of MAGA followers suddenly cried out in terror as millions of their Russian bot followers were suddenly silenced. I believe something wonderful has happened.
Really, what happened is Twitter shut down what (based on the amount of angst and whining from the Trumper set) appeared to have been a significant number of Twitter bot accounts. However, of course, they are jumping to the conclusion that Twitter is somehow purging the Twitterverse of all Conservative users, which according to this article from Gizmodo, couldn’t be further from the truth.
Twitter suspended thousands of accounts overnight and conservatives on the platform aren’t happy about it. Twitter has yet to make a public statement about the issue, but right-wing users believe that they’re being targeted in a mass purge of suspected Russian bot accounts.
Conservative Twitter has even started a hashtag called #TwitterLockOut to talk about the purge, with some claiming that real people (as opposed to bots) were locked out of their accounts. Gizmodo has so far been unable to confirm that any real people have had their accounts mistakenly suspended.
Everyone from well known figures of the alt-right, like neo-Nazi Richard Spencer, to people with Twitter handles like @Isa4031AMP, @DonofJustice, and @Patriotsavior seem to have been impacted by the move—at least when it comes to their follower counts.
If you want to enjoy a little Schadenfreude, and giggle inanely while feeling like our Democracy is at least a little safer this morning, check out the hashtags #TwitterLockOut and #BotsandPrayers
Conservatives are claiming they are being blocked and censored by the #TwitterLockOut..
You know how I know? they are TWEETING about it.
Ã¢ÂÂ Hal Sparks (@HalSparks) February 21, 2018
#MAGA, come on.
*People* aren’t being purged.
BOTS are being purged.
If your friend’s account says “temporarily restricted”, that just means they have to log in to prove they are a real person.
And it isn’t just happening to conservatives. Ã°ÂÂÂÃ°ÂÂÂÃ°ÂÂÂ#TwitterLockOut#WednesdayWisdom pic.twitter.com/ZTy1ysEvkN
Ã¢ÂÂ Holly Figueroa O’Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) February 21, 2018
Ã¢ÂÂ L R. Evans (@LLynnevans) February 21, 2018
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