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According to Buzzfeed's Kevin Collier's article "Twitter Was Warned Repeatedly About This Fake Account Run By A Russian Troll Farm and Refused to Take It Down," Twitter took "11 months to close a Russian troll account that claimed to speak for the Tennessee Republican Party even after that state's real GOP notified the social media company that the account was a fake."|
He went on further to state that, "Some of its tweets were deliberately outrageous, the archive shows, such as one in December 2016 that claimed that unarmed black men killed by police officers deserved their fate. It also trafficked in deliberate fake news, claiming just before it was shut down that a photo of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ NBA championship parade was actually a crowd waiting to hear Donald Trump speak."
Furthermore, Collier also stated that, "On three separate occasions — Sept. 17, 2016, March 1, 2017, and Aug. 14, 2017 — the Tennessee GOP reported the fake account to Twitter for impersonating it, according to email correspondence that Dawkins shared with BuzzFeed News.
According to screen shots captured by the Internet Archive, the fake account did switch its Twitter profile in February from “I love God, I Love my Country” to one that admitted it wasn’t an official account: 'Unofficial Twitter of Tennessee Republicans. Covering breaking news, national politics, foreign policy and more. #MAGA #2A.'
It wasn’t until sometime between Aug. 18 and Aug. 25, 2017, that Twitter closed the account."
Twitter's slow response to this is extremely interesting, especially after Twitter's unbelievably quick response to suspend Rose McGowan's account after she posted about being assaulted by Harvey Weinstein.
Is this Twitter picking sides? Should Twitter be a neutral force in this technologically driven world? Should Twitter have an unbiased and objective set of terms and conditions applied to both sides of the political debate?
Should anything be done about this, and if so, what?