(The Hill) – Twitter has banned more than 100 accounts that repeatedly retweeted the #IStandWithPutin hashtag, which was trending on the platform earlier this week amid Russia’s continued invasion of Ukraine.
A Twitter spokesperson told NBC News on Friday that the company is still investigating the people behind the accounts and that the profiles have been banned for engaging in “coordinated inauthentic behavior” and violating the platform’s “manipulation policy.” -form and spam” from Twitter.
The Hill has reached out to Twitter for further comment.
The accounts that retweeted #IStandWithPutin the most had only a few dozen followers and had stock photos for profile photos on the platform, indicating they may be inauthentic, according to NBC News.
Major tech platforms and social media companies, including Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Reddit, have restricted Russian state media from accessing their platforms and demonetized content from these publishers since Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a military operation in Ukraine last week.
In response to the restrictions, Russia blocked access to Facebook and Twitter.
Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) has sent letters to tech companies such as Meta, Twitter and Alphabet, asking them to curb Russian misinformation and devote more resources to identifying fake accounts.
“As one of the largest communications platforms in the world, your company has a clear responsibility to ensure that your products are not used to facilitate human rights abuses, undermine humanitarian service responses and urgency or advance harmful misinformation,” Warner wrote.
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