Facebook and Twitter to close accounts related to a misleading social media groups operating by Turning Point Action, a branch of famous conservative youth activist association Turning Point United States of America.
Twitter and Facebook have shut down accounts on their platforms reportedly linked to a misleading social media campaign run by Turning Point Action, an offshoot of popular conservative youth activist organization Turning Point USA https://t.co/Q8c01CvSY3
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) September 16, 2020
The action from both social media companies appear when The Washington Post claimed that Turning Point Action had waged youth to rush those social media platforms with conservative talking points, which added misleading and disinformation claims. Moreover, the Post reported that the group functioned as a troll house but had avoided disturbance because the campaign was led by humans who have used their personal accounts without showing that all of them are posting and working for Turning Point Action.
According to a review of the Post, the campaign, whose creator Charlie Kirk spoke at the RNC (Republican National Convention) previous month, had posted a large number of social media posts, many of them nearly have the same content, via its working in the previous months.
Multiple accounts eradicated from both platforms
A software engineer at Google, Jacob Ratkiewicz, told the newspaper that it looks like the Russians, but instead approaching from Americans. Andy Stone, the spokesperson of Facebook, told a media firm, CNN, that the social media platform had eradicated many Facebook accounts for violating its rules on maintaining and acquiring multiple accounts. On the other side, the spokesperson of Twitter said that multiple Twitter accounts had been eradicated regarding violation of their rules and regulation on their platform manipulation and spam.
Both social media giants described that they are still reviewing the accounts The Washington Post suggested were part of the campaign (Turning Point Action).
In a statement, the field director of Turning Point Action, Austin Smith briefed to the Post such as everyone else, the strategy of Turning Point Action for nationwide activities and in-person events were entirely disturbed by the Coronavirus pandemic.
He added that several positions Turning Point Action had decided for in field work were going to be thoroughly cut, but TPA handled to reconsider these roles and operating with their marketing partners, transitioned some to an online activist model.
TPA (Turning Point Action) USA said to CNN that it has no comment on the Washington Post report. Issues of misinformation on social media platforms have been on the front of the presidential election when social media platforms have tried to manage a President who excitedly posts rumors, conspiracy theories, and unverified viral clips.