The social network banned and removed 32.242 accounts that were part of networks operated by China, Russia and Turkey. All three countries promoted political agendas and narratives and were associated with government agencies.
Of the three networks, the largest was that of China. The Twitter reported that it closed 23.750 accounts that acted as the core of the network.
The tweets posted by these accounts were then boosted by a secondary network with more than 150.000 accounts, acting as promoters.
The purpose of these tweets was to promote and spread geopolitical narratives that were favorable to the Chinese Communist Party, but also "misleading narratives about political dynamics in Hong Kong."
The social network also reported that it found and removed 1.152 accounts related to Russia and Current Policy, a news site that promotes political propaganda and is supported by the state.
Just like the China network, this network targeted Russian-speaking users.
A third similar network had been set up by Turkey, and was promoting political tweets aimed at Turkish-speaking users.
"Based on our analysis of the technical indicators of the network and the behavior of the accounts, fake and violated accounts were used to reinforce political narratives favorable to the AK Party and showed strong support for the President. Erdogan", Reports the Twitter.
Overall, the Twitter deleted 7.340 accounts and said he believed those accounts were operated by AK Party youth.
This network included not only bots but also accounts that had been compromised. The Twitter reported that all the breached accounts had been linked to organizations that criticized the President Erdogan and the Turkish government. After the violations, of course, the same accounts stood out for their pro-government tweets.
"These breached accounts were repeated targets for hacking and redemption efforts by the state agencies identified above."