Twitter on Tuesday halted an unknown number of fake accounts claiming to be Black people supporting Donald Trump, for breaching the platform’s ban on manipulating the site and spreading spam, while the company is investigating who is behind the accounts three weeks out from Election Day, the Washington Post first reported.
The accounts were identified for using uniform language in tweets that included things like: “YES I’M BLACK AND I’M VOTING FOR TRUMP”.
Some of the accounts were using “digital blackface”, according to Darren Linvill, an Associate Professor and Clemson University, meaning they falsely represented themselves by using photos of real Black people likely sourced from across the internet.
The Washington Post first reported that Twitter is investigating the accounts and their source, and could suspend other such fake accounts.
Twitter said in a statement: “Our teams