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Twitter suspends two Moscow-linked accounts in wake of US indictments

By midian182 · 7 replies
Jul 15, 2018
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  1. The 29-page indictment lists actions such as phishing attacks, money laundering, and attempts to break into state election boards carried out by Russian agents as they looked to sabotage Hilary Clinton’s election campaign.

    The two accounts banned by Twitter in the wake of the indictment—DCLeaks and Guccifer 2.0—are alleged to have been controlled by Russian agents and were used to leak emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in an attempt to influence the 2016 election.

    A joint statement from October 2016 by the Department of Homeland Security and Office of the Director of National Intelligence accused the Russian government of being behind the attacks and subsequent leaks. It referenced DCLeaks and Guccifer 2.0, so it’s not as if their involvement has just become known. The indictment also claims that Guccifer 2.0 provided documents to a US congressional candidate about his opponent and accuses the spies of stealing information of 500,000 US voters.

    Some are questioning why Twitter waited until now to suspend the accounts. The company told the New York Daily News that the suspensions were for “being connected to a network of accounts previously suspended for operating in violation of our rules.’

    "We're reviewing our policies in light of this and expect to make updates soon," Twitter told the New York Times' Jim Rutenberg. "We recognize that to promote healthy conversation we need to be responsive to ways the platform is being misused and we are committed to that here and everywhere."

    US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said the defendants named in the indictment worked for Russia's GRU intelligence service. He added that President Trump had been briefed on its contents.

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  2. EClyde

    EClyde TS Evangelist Posts: 1,663   +593

    Twitter the new Gestapo
    SirChocula likes this.
  3. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 3,539   +2,852

    If Twitter was the Gestapo they would not be announcing their deeds from the rooftops so clearly their is some gap in logic here. After all the Gestapo were secret police, not announce to the world ones.

    Banning accounts detailed in indictments is about as contrary to your comparison as it gets.
    dms96960 and mcborge like this.
  4. EClyde

    EClyde TS Evangelist Posts: 1,663   +593

  5. I disagree. Twitter is not the Gestapo because the Gestapo would not have been caught dead with purple hair and bad skin.

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 1,641   +735

    Lol @ Robbie... he loves this politi-****.

    Honestly does anyone really care? If there are legit lawbreakers here bust their damn asses, but banning social media accounts doesn't prove anything and has been used to silence those the company doesn't agree with politically. So, nothing new here.
    davislane1 likes this.
  7. dms96960

    dms96960 TS Guru Posts: 314   +72

    The real story here is how inept the DNC and HRC and her staff were regarding computer security. And, we almost elected her as President?
  8. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 3,539   +2,852

    A man in a glass house should not throw stones.
    CloudCatcher likes this.

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