After a series of alleged attacks by Russian bots, Twitter finally reactivated the locked accounts of users sharing videos and information about the Russia and Ukraine tension.
In this day and age, online platforms like Twitter plays important roles in disseminating news and facts in almost all parts of the world. However, there are also times when users are prevented from posting important things about current situations, like what happened on Twitter this week.
An OSINT account was locked for over 11 hours
According to a story by TechCrunch, the social media platform Twitter admitted its mistake in deleting and deactivating accounts of certain users. Based on information online, all of these accounts shared videos and information regarding the plans and updates of Russia’s army and the tension between Ukraine and Russia.
Although the owners of the blocked accounts already posted about their frustrations with Twitter’s moderation, it was not until someone from Bellingcat retweeted them that more people became aware of the situation. Aric Toller, from the mentioned online publication, retweeted the series of tweets of user “@667_mancer” on February 23, 2022.
In the original tweets, after agreeing with a solution from the platform, “@667_mancer” revealed that he suspected the Russian bots or programs to be the cause of the account suspension. Also, as per his words, at the time of the account suspension, Twitter gave him an 11-hour ban in that particular account or handle.
Twitter mistakenly banned an account for its tweets about the Russia and Ukraine conflict
Based on reports and the user’s bio, @667_mancer is an account said to be for OSINT or “open-source intelligence.” Before the suspension, the account shared facts addressing Russia’s statements over the rumor of an attack executed by the country Ukraine.
Again, according to the blocked user, he suspected that Russian bots were responsible for what happened. However, to clear the rumors that the suspension occurred due to mass reporting from various users, Twitter itself officially stated that all blame goes to the platform’s moderation.
Alongside the revelation of this recent event, Twitter also said that during that time, the moderation team was on high alert on monitoring tweets and anything that violated its terms and policies. Aside from that, the company also assured the public that all of the blocked accounts linked to the ongoing country tension were already reactivated.
Twitter admitted that it was all its moderation team’s fault
To elaborate the platform’s earlier statements, it said that claims of many people that Russian bots, mass reporting, and other related actions caused the suspension were not true. Admittedly, again, its moderation team has mistaken the posts of such users as means of spreading misinformation and the attached media files as altered versions.
Aside from the effect that the ongoing conflict between the two countries has influenced, the previous behaviors of many OSINT accounts also contributed to these wrong actions. As such, not long ago, many OSINT accounts posted edited photos and videos related to the Ukraine and Russia conflict with the purpose of mockery and spreading fake news.