|RT | Feb 21, 2018|
|© Kacper Pempel / Reuters|
The move, labelled an attempt at “mass censorship” by critics, is thought to be an attempt to rid the platform of automated accounts – or ‘bots’ – set up to artificially amplify conservative campaigns online. Twitter is yet to comment on the phenomenon.
While some commentators have reacted with incredulity at the loss of hundreds of followers, others have likened the controversy to other infamous faux outrages of the past.
Apparently Twitter is trying to purge “Russian bots.”— Educating Liberals (@Education4Libs) February 21, 2018
I do live videos and have my own damn picture on my profile.
I’ve now lost 4000 followers.
They love to call conservatives Nazis, well what the f*ck do you call this kind of mass censorship?#TwitterLockOut
Getting all kinds of reports that twitter is shutting down Conservative accounts on twitter claiming they are bots. Must be their way to purge Conservatives off of twitter. #Fascistshttps://t.co/XGZc6R8AhE— Nat Shupe (@NatShupe) February 21, 2018
Why did I just lose 100 followers?— Mike (@mike_Zollo) February 21, 2018
This is a damn joke. Twitter is absolutely censoring conservative and right wing speech for no damn reason other than their disagreement with it. But, liberals can write vile comments and threaten us with no punishment.
#TwitterLockOut Was locked out this morning...No clue as to why. This is all the info I got. pic.twitter.com/iZN7Mi6A2J— DeeDee👠 (@dkrwilliams) February 21, 2018
Initial reports indicate the #TwitterLockOut resulted in the greatest loss of life since The Bowling Green Massacre.— Ragnarok Lobster (@eclecticbrotha) February 21, 2018
Funniest thing I’ve seen all night is the Twitter conservatives outraged that their fake followers are being deleted😂 #TwitterLockOutpic.twitter.com/khzhcaWjve— Emilia (@PoliticalEmilia) February 21, 2018
So let me get this straight...— Sue The Stable Genius 🏇 (@suevee85) February 21, 2018
People are angry that, computerized accounts, not even real people, were removed from Twitter , for not being real PEOPLE. & other people who lost Robotic followers think the Bots constitutional rights were violated?Is this correct?#TwitterLockOut