Twitter this week said that it removed an account that pretended to be Antifa -- the anti-fascist organization President Trump has claimed is an instigator of ongoing protests surrounding the police killing of George Floyd -- but was actually the handiwork of a white power group.
After Russia leveraged social media to mount an influence campaign during the 2016 presidential campaign, social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter have more closely scrutinized accounts to weed out those that aren't what they claim to be.
The matter underscores the quicksand that the social media platform often finds itself in, balancing free speech rights while shutting down fake accounts or fact-checking the president’s politically motivated tweets, concurred two cybersecurity academics who have been studying how difficult a fraudulent account can be detected.
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