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Twitter suspended hundreds of accounts that used '#dcblackout' to spread false reports of a communications blackout (TWTR)

Twitter suspended hundreds of accounts that used '#dcblackout' to spread false reports of a communications blackout (TWTR)
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Twitter suspended hundreds of "spammy" accounts on Monday related to the "#dcblackout" hashtag.




The hashtag was associated with the false claim that the federal government, "jammed protesters' phones, stopping them from making calls or protesting online," according to CBS affiliate WUSA9.




Twitter said it suspended said accounts for violating its terms of service, specifically regarding "platform manipulation and spam."




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Twitter removed hundreds of accounts on June 1 in an ongoing investigation of accounts tied to the "#dcblackout" hashtag.
The hashtag served as shorthand for a false claim that the US federal government was jamming wireless telecommunications used by protesters in Washington, DC. That claim has been repeatedly refuted, and CBS affiliate WUSA9 in Washington, DC, verified that no such blackout occurred.
The hashtag, which appears to be tied to the intentional spread of misinformation, had gained traction quickly, and was tweeted about 500,000 times in about 9 hours, according to the Washington Post. The first account to use it had only three followers.
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