Two weights, two measures ? After Donald Trump’s account was reinstated, Elon Musk announced that he will reopen banned Twitter accounts next week, “provided they have not broken the law”. But at the same time, other accounts are blocked, point out several users, who have in common to be against the far right.
No doubt closed because massively reported by opposing accounts (with Twitter’s moderation teams having been decimated by the mass layoffs of recent weeks, blunders would be unsurprising), the account VPS-Reports for example is that of Vishal Pratap Singh, an American freelance journalist and documentary filmmaker, claimed antifa who works on extremism, civil rights and the extreme right.
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Behind this block and others, an ongoing far-right campaign on Twitter has been observed, aimed at reporting and blocking 5,000 accounts deemed antifa or close.
According to the Internet user who report hereamong the accounts attacked by this campaign, there are even accounts from the FBI or the government, or even the online investigative NGO Bellingcat.
Another account that has just been blocked, the one from cybersecurity expert Chad Loder, who is also an anti-fascist activist. In his case, his suspension could be for another reason: Loder has just denounced the fact that the seriousness of a massive data leak (5.4 million Twitter accounts would have been affected) in 2021, with disclosure of telephone numbers and email addresses, would have been minimized by the social network.
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However, the hacked data – thanks to a vulnerability in function “Allowing people who have your phone number to find you on Twitter,” a flaw that was spotted and then fixed in January 2022 — was widely circulated and reportedly offered by several sellers on the dark web for around $5,000, reports the site. 9to5mac.com tech news: “This data includes Twitter users in the UK, almost all countries in the European Union, and part of the United States. »
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They were apparently collected by several malicious entities, and not just one as Twitter had suggested. And like Chad Loder’s account, others who have reported the extent of this leak in recent days have had their accounts suspended. Between the false reports of right-wing extremists in packs and a “house” censorship by the new Twitter version Musk, we are spoiled for choice on the reasons for these suspensions.