Many Twitter users woke up to a huge drop in followers overnight, as Twitter purged many of its bot users in an effort to crack down on the spread of fake news and discussion amid allegations that Russians were conducting a propaganda mission to sow discourse among the American people.
Below are Tweets from both sides of the fence-
It’s ridiculous I have to say this but here goes:
Bots aren’t people. Their voices weren’t silenced. Conservatives aren’t being censored. There is no conspiracy.
The country is a bit safer today. All of us, Dems and Repubs alike.#TwitterLockOut
— Bryce Tache (@brycetache) February 21, 2018
My thoughts & prayers go out to all the twitter users who lost followers in #TwitterLockOut. Can the Right give everyone a moment to grieve before politicizing this event?
— NC (@GuidetteNC) February 21, 2018
My kids would have a fit too if they lost their imaginary friends.#TwitterLockOut
— Devin Duke (@sirDukeDevin) February 21, 2018
The twitter purge is real. You may have to refollow me after last night if you’re interested in my content. Twitter blocked me from twitter ads last night and purged thousands of followers. Spread the word. #TwitterLockOut @TwitterSupport @jack @twitter
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) February 21, 2018