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Twitter cracks down on automated 'bot' accounts

Move is latest by platform to enforce rules aimed at curbing disinformation, propaganda and provocation

The San Francisco messaging platform says the crackdown is intended to rid the service of spam-spewing automated accounts, and not aimed at people using the service according to the rules.

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TWITTER announced on Wednesday a crackdown on accounts powered by software "bots" which can artificially amplify a person or cause and which have been accused of manipulating the social network during the 2016 US election.

The San Francisco messaging platform said the...