Twitter announced Wednesday a crackdown on accounts powered by software “bots”
“These changes are an important step in ensuring we stay ahead of malicious activity targeting the crucial conversations taking place on Twitter — including elections in the United States and around the world,” Twitter developer policy said in a blog post.
Twitter users are started hashtag #TwitterLockout, which was trending on Wednesday morning. Infamous white nationalist Richard Spencer joined the fray, tweeting that he lost close to 1,000 followers.
I've lost close to 1,000 followers offer the past few hours.
Major purge underway.
— Richard ? Spencer (@RichardBSpencer) February 21, 2018
Twitter took away about 4,000 of my followers thinking they were bots. Well they are all coming back and even new people who never knew me before! Ha! Whatever you try to do to us MAGA people understand it only ends in our favor. I guess it’s only conservatives that bots follow?
— KAYA JONES (@KayaJones) February 21, 2018
I’m respectful of your time & I don’t ask for help that often,but I need your help now. @Twitter is discriminating against conservative voices & banned me,& many others,from posting ads while wiping out 1000s of followers.Please follow & spread the word. https://t.co/qwzNw0hDtu
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) February 21, 2018