Twitter Suspends Pro-Bloomberg Accounts for Platform Manipulation

Twitter announced in late February that it had started the process of suspending and restricting numerous accounts that posted content promoting U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg.

“We took enforcement action on about 70 accounts, which includes a combination of permanent suspensions and account challenges to verify ownership,” a Twitter spokeswoman told Reuters.

The suspended accounts were part of the social media strategy of former New York mayor Mike Bloomberg’s presidential campaign. They thought it was an excellent way to create an online following, or if not a genuine one, then at least the appearance of one.

Twitter indicated that the accounts were suspended due to violations of its platform manipulation and spam policy, which prohibits coordination among accounts to amplify or disrupt conversation by using multiple accounts.

The account suspensions focus on pro-Bloomberg posts pushing out identical messages. According to the Times, some tweets included “A President is Born: Barbra Streisand sings Mike’s praises,” as part of the body of the message. The problem is that it is in violation of Twitter’s rules to “artificially amplify or disrupt conversation through the use of multiple accounts” or compensating people to boost messages, “even if the people involved use only one account.”

“We 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,” said Sabrina Singh, a Bloomberg campaign spokeswoman, adding that content “shared by staffers and volunteers to their network of friends and family” was “not intended to mislead anyone.”

Bloomberg’s campaign has been pouring seemingly endless amounts of money into an online advertising campaign. This includes the hiring of hundreds of digital organizers to support the candidate by posting campaign content on their personal social media channels for Bloomberg.

It was recently reported in the Wall Street Journal that the paid organizers in California receive $2,500 a month in compensation to promote Bloomberg’s presidential candidacy on their own social media networks.

And the issues don’t stop there. Facebook is also considering a response to Bloomberg’s strategy on its platform. A source that is close to the situation told CNBC that the social media website may label content posted by paid campaign organizers due to a recent paid partnership between Bloomberg’s campaign and popular Instagram meme accounts.

In addition, after the Democratic debate in Nevada, Bloomberg tweeted a heavily edited video, which sparked comments calling it misleading. The video will likely be labeled as manipulative after March, when the platform’s new “altered media” rules go into effect.

The ever-changing political do’s and don’ts of social media seem to change almost daily.


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8 responses to “Twitter Suspends Pro-Bloomberg Accounts for Platform Manipulation”

  1. You have to remember The Golden Rule: Whoever’s got the gold, makes the rules !
    I don’t care HOW much money he has…I still think DEMONocrats are STUPID.

  2. It is amusing to me how democrats complain about money from millionaires driving elections…..and then we have Bloomberg. Furthermore they depend heavily on their wealthy contributors with their $10,000 plate dinners. After all the largest percentage of their voters are on govt assistance. Contrast that with republicans. Yes they too have wealthy contributors but the overwhelming money is coming from small business owners and middle class who are chipping in anywhere from $5-500. It becomes very clear why the Republican Party is millions of dollars out front of the democratic socialist party

  3. BLoomergirl and the rest of the democrap/communists are outright lying about the tax cuts; the bottom 20% of wage earner’s household income is growing four [4] times faster than the top ten [10%].

  4. When MSM stops lying and abetting the DNC message, the truth will win out. Until then, it is the liars who have the loudest voices.

  5. TRUMP 2020 – The ONLY President that SUPPORTS -Legal Voting American Citizens –
    We The People will SPEAK in NOVEMBER
    – Want Our Borders CLOSED
    – Want ONLY US Citizens to VOTE
    – REPEAL the Motor Voter Laws by Bill Clinton
    – ENGLISH ONLY
    – NO Benefits to NON-US CITIZENS “NONE”
    – TERM LIMITS to DRAIN The Washington SWAMP

  6. February 28 ,2020 at 6.56 pm
    I agree with all the above. We need President Trump.Democrats refuse to admit the fact that he has accomplished so much
    without the help of all the socialist minded Democrats who spent the last three years working on impeachment, which of course proved nothing. I resent the fact that they all continued to received their salary while doing nothing for our country.
    All that time making up lies and spreading the kind of hate that this country has not experienced since the Civil War is absolutely a disgrace. Also I would assume some of those people have more than a single brain cell, although there are some who are questionable, would recognize what has happened in Socialist Countries. It doesn’t work! I also hope all old people who vote heard Michael Bloomberg say old people should not be allowed to have any kind of cancer treatment. Since he is also an old man I presume that includes him. Oh, I forgot, he can buy anything including Congress!

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