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Twitter removes hundreds of accounts targeting the US and European Union

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Twitter said on Tuesday it had shut down 373 accounts it said were linked to Russia, Armenia and Iran, and had violated its platform’s manipulative policies.

The company said it canceled 238 accounts operating from Iran due to various violations of its policies.

Twitter said 100 accounts with Russian ties had been removed to amplify narratives that undermined confidence in NATO and targeted the United States and the European Union.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Moscow plans to look into the reasons for Twitter’s blocking of the accounts, TASS news agency reported.

Twitter also said that 35 accounts with ties to Armenia have been deleted, adding that they were created to target Azerbaijan.

“The 373 linked accounts across the four networks were permanently suspended from Twitter for violating the platform’s tampering policies,” the company said in a blog post.

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