Twitter removed 130 Iran-linked accounts during last night’s debate

Twitter said the deleted accounts had very low engagement and didn’t make an impact on public conversation, because it was able to identify them quickly. It also shared full details about them with other social networks. The company promises to publish more information about the deleted accounts and their content after it’s done with its investigation.

We identified these accounts quickly, removed them from Twitter, and shared full details with our peers, as standard. They had very low engagement and did not make an impact on the public conversation. Our capacity and speed continue to grow, and we’ll remain vigilant. Samples ⬇️

— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) October 1, 2020

This is far from the first time Twitter has removed Iran-linked accounts for election interference. Back in February 2019, it deleted over 2,600 accounts from Iran as part of its efforts to prevent foreign players from using its platform to influence the outcome of the US midterm elections.