Twitter has permanently suspended some fake accounts that were verified by mistake. The micro-blogging platform said in a statement, “We had mistakenly approved the verification applications of some unauthorized (fake) accounts.”
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Twitter has confirmed some fake accounts with similar followers during its recently revamped public verification program. A data scientist has disclosed this. It was found that none of the verified accounts with blue badges had posted a single tweet and two accounts used stock photos for their profile pictures.
According to the report of Daily Dot, Twitter has now permanently suspended some fake accounts verified by mistake. The micro-blogging platform said in a statement, “We had mistakenly approved the verification applications of some unauthorized (fake) accounts.” “We have now permanently suspended the accounts in question under our Platform Manipulation and Spam Policy and removed their verified badges,” the statement said.
Fake verified accounts were spotted by Twitter user Conspirador Noterno, a data scientist focused on resolution, who verified 6 newly created accounts. It has tagged the above accounts in a tweet in this regard saying that just meet them, which is a group of blue-check verified Twitter accounts created on June 16, 2021. No one has tweeted yet and everyone has around 1000 followers (and most of the followers are the same).
He said, out of these 6 accounts, two have pictures of people as their profile photos. Despite the presence of a blue verification checkmark, neither picture is likely to depict the account holder, as both the photos appear to be stolen. 976 suspicious followers have been found in 6 accounts, all of which were created between June 19 and June 20, and a large number of them were using AI-generated profile photos.
Former Facebook chief security officer Alex Stamos tweeted that under-verification may be in the works. You may have a malicious or bribed insider, he said in a tweet. Something similar happened with IG (in that case it was paid by the spammer).
In May, Twitter restarted its new verification application process, which started with six categories and reviewed public applications globally to help users collect blue badges on the micro-blogging platform. . These 6 categories include government, companies, brands and organizations, news organizations and journalists, entertainment, sports and gaming as well as activists, organizers and other influencers.
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