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Twitter blocks 50,000 bots linked to Russia

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Twitter says this is an example of high-engagement postings from accounts associated with Russia’s Internet Research Agency. (Twitter Photo)

Twitter says it has followed through on its commitment to Congress by identifying and suspending more than 50,000 automated accounts linked to Russian agents – and alerting 677,775 Twitter users in the U.S. who followed those accounts, or retweeted or liked their postings.

Thousands of those accounts have been found just in the past couple of months.

In today’s update, the company says it’ll enlist machine-learning tools to boost its ability to slap down fake accounts, coordinated tweet campaigns and bots.

The measures were taken to address concerns sparked by the 2016 presidential campaign, during which agents from Russia’s infamous Internet Research Agency and other Russia-linked entities mounted a propaganda effort that boosted GOP candidate Donald Trump.

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By Alan Boyle

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