Twitter bots, crackdown sweeps Trump supporters who tweet very often



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President tweets he will examine what the discriminatory and illegal practice of the ‘shadow ban.’

Twitter is having trouble making a distinction between bots try to blend into AMERICAN politics and fervent supporters of President Trump who tweet very often.

The micro-blogging company — which has removed fake or suspicious accounts at a rate of 1 million per day for the past three months, including 70 million accounts in May and June only — has come under fire along with Facebook for the wiping out of the ordinary and not-automatically accounts, in their efforts to prevent the Russian disinformation.

For example, a 70-year-old Nina Tomasieski spends up to 14 hours a day tweeting with the praise of President Trump and his allies, while her tv is tuned to Fox News Channel.

“Please, get out and vote for Troy Balderson. @POTUS is counting on you and so is all of America,” a recent tweet said, imploring voters to support the man endorsed by the Trump of Ohio in District 12 special election on Tuesday.

Tomasieski, who lives in Tennessee, is part of a contingent of eager to “Make America Great Again” supporters who are enthusiastic tweet and retweet on behalf of the Trumpet, administration and other Republican candidates in the U.S. on a rapid-fire pace.

Anyone who votes Democratic is voting for socialism, plain & simple. That is where their party is headed! Democrats who believe in America, the constitution, and a party that stands for the people, need to #WalkAway. Look at another news source for the real info, not the MSM Fake News.

— Nina Tomasieski (@MAGANinaJo) 5 August 2018

Twitter has repeatedly and incorrectly marked with her account, and users like her for “suspicious” behaviour — probably due to the frequency and relentlessness of their tweets.

“Almost all of us are considered to be a bone,” Tomasieski, which has more than 50,000 followers on Twitter, told the Associated Press.

Cynthia Smith has also been locked out of her account and “shadow banned, that her tweets were not so visible for other users.

“I’m a gal in Southern California,” Smith said. “I’m not a bot.”

Twitter has called for the wiping of Trump supporters in his attempt to get rid of the site from bots.



The actions have the criticism from conservatives, who accused large tech companies such as Facebook and Twitter have a liberal bias, and censoring of conservatives.

It also raises a question: Can companies outsmart the ever-changing tactics of the American opponents as they can’t even be sure who’s a robot and who is Nina?

“It’s going to be a very long time, I think that year, before Twitter and Facebook and other platforms are able to deal with many of these issues,” Timothy Carone, who teaches technology at Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, said.

People come up with new ways to use the platforms faster than the companies can manage, he added.

Twitter has admitted in the past that there are a number of “false positives” in the process.

“Our goal is to learn fast and create the processes and tools to be smarter,” Twitter executives said in a blog post earlier this year.

Yet Tomasieski has learned a number of tricks to avoid problems with Twitter. She is careful not to exceed the limits of about 100 tweets or retweets per hour. She makes no use of profanity, and she tries to mix up her topics to appear more human and less blunt.


During a recent morning, Tomasieski retweeted messages show excerpts from Trump’s most recent rally, tweets in support of Troy Balderson, Ohio’s 12th District and a Fox Business clip about capitalism and socialism.

Tomasieski said the most important thing is the help of President Trump, who she calls “my man.”

“There is so much enthusiasm today as it was when Trump was elected. It is very quiet, but it is there. My task is to get them to the polls,” she said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Christopher Carbone is a reporter and news editor covering science and technology for He can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @christocarbone.

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