Twitter suspended 70 pro-Michael Bloomberg accounts from its platform, the company announced late on Friday, according to multiple news reports.
A Twitter spokeswoman told The Los Angeles Times that the company was temporarily suspending some and outright banning other accounts because they violated the platforms policies against spam and manipulation.
Twitter did not immediately respond to request for comment.
“We have taken enforcement action on a group of accounts for violating our rules against platform manipulation and spam,” the Twitter spokesman told the LA Times.
The Bloomberg campaign told The Epoch Times in an email that its staffers use an app called Outvote to share the campaigns message with friends and family.
“We ask that all of our deputy field organizers identify themselves as working on behalf of the Mike Bloomberg 2020 campaign on their social media accounts,” Twitter campaign spokeswoman Sabrina Singh wrote in an email.
The Bloomberg campaign has hired an army of people in California to post on their social media accounts in support of Bloomberg, according to the Wall Street Journal. These employees receive $2,500 a month to carry out standard campaign duties and send out pre-approved messages on social media.
A review of several accounts by the LA Times found a number of accounts using identical text, hashtags, and images. Such behavior is in violation of Twitters manipulation and spam policy.
Bloomberg announced his candidacy on Nov. 24. The billionaire former New York City mayor has spent more than $400 million on the campaign since. He received little support in polls in December, but began to surge at the turn of the year and is currently in third place, according to an average of national polls maintained by Real Clear Politics.
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