Why Did Twitter Secretly Purge Bots?

February 22, 2018
Updated 1mo ago

Twitter is cracking down on bots, but the social media platform may be using the wrong strategy.

That’s according to Taylor Lorenz, technology reporter at The Daily Beast, who says Twitter should revamp its trending algorithm.

“They need to police it in some way, because the garbage is always going to rise to the top,” she said.

Earlier this week Twitter purged an unspecified number of suspected bot accounts without warning in an attempt to crack down on the spread of fake news.

Lorenz says the secrecy was partially because the company’s “bot protection technology was so bad.”

Still, several right-wing trolls and conspiracy theorists lost a bunch of followers. They in turn lashed out, accusing Twitter of deliberately targeting conservatives.

For the full interview, click here.