Twitter Blocks Thousands of Bots

Why they did it; Conservatives Criticize It

Mike Baggerman
February 21, 2018 - 9:00 pm

AP Photo/Richard Drew

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Social media giant Twitter recently blocked thousands of bots which spread disinformation.

However, in doing so, Twitter came under fire from conservatives, many of whom were blocked themselves in the lockout, according to the BBC. Real users on the social media platform were asked to give their phone number to the company in order to regain access to their account.

In a statement, Twitter said they enforce their rules without any political bias.

Anyone who is active on social media has likely seen a bot. The bots can range from topics like politics and sports to dating and health.

"I think it's too late, actually," Sean Macaluso, CEO of The Mac Group, a Buffalo-based internet marketing service, said. "I think that they've been attacked by bots and from I've been reading, the bots that have attacked them recently have caused as mass purge."

Macaluso praised Facebook's security measures and called them the most proactive platform at dealing with bots.

"Twitter was late in the game when it comes to social media platforms," he said. "I've yet to hear anything bad about Facebook and I feel they were first to the market. All they really want to do at the end of the day is protect their users."

Macaluso suggested that the bot culture on Twitter was caused by society's interest in "likes" and "follows".

LISTEN: Sean Macaluso, CEO of "The Mac Group"

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