Twitter Suspends 70 Pro-Bloomberg Accounts For Violating Spam Policy With Copy-Pasted Tweets

More than 70 Twitter accounts that produced messages in support of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's presidential campaign have been suspended after an investigation uncovered the accounts had violated Twitter rules, according to a Friday report from the Los Angeles Times.

The Bloomberg-centric accounts were disseminating multiple duplicate posts that appeared to have been copied and pasted, a violation of Twitter's rules.

"We have taken enforcement action on a group of accounts for violating our rules against platform manipulation and spam," said a Twitter spokesperson in a statement sent to Newsweek.

That "enforcement action" consists of a combination of permanent account suspensions and requests for account ownership verification.

Twitter's platform manipulation and spam policy forbids users from using the social media platform "in a manner intended to artificially amplify or suppress information or engage in behavior that manipulates or disrupts people's experience on Twitter."

Also prohibited is the creation of multiple accounts to post duplicate content or create false engagement, including "coordinating with or compensating others to engage in artificial engagement or amplification, even if the people involved use only one account."

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Twitter has suspended accounts supporting Democratic presidential nominee Michael Bloomberg for violating its spam policy, the company said Friday. George Frey/Getty

Bloomberg's flagged Twitter accounts may be part of the presidential candidate's advertising campaign on which he has reportedly spent $450 million dollars. Eschewing outside donations, billionaire Bloomberg has chosen to fund his campaign himself.

Besides television ads, Bloomberg has hired social media creatives to help him gain recognition in the Democratic race, including memes on Instagram.

"Mike Bloomberg 2020 has teamed up with social creators to collaborate with the campaign, including the meme world," said Bloomberg's senior national spokeswoman Sabrina Singh in a February statement. "While a meme strategy may be new to presidential politics, we're betting it will be an effective component to reach people where they are and compete with President Trump's powerful digital operation."

Bloomberg has also reportedly hired over 500 people in California to promote his campaign via text message and on their own social media pages at a pay rate of approximately $2,500 per month.

Other Democratic nominees have accused Bloomberg of using his personal wealth to attempt to buy the election.

"I don't believe that elections ought to be for sale," Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren said during a December interview on Bloomberg TV. "And I don't think as a Democratic Party that we should say the only way you're going to get elected, the only way you're going to be our nominee, is either if you are a billionaire or if you're sucking up to billionaires."

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders also took aim at Bloomberg's fortune during the Democratic debate in Las Vegas on Wednesday.

"We have a grotesque and immoral distribution of wealth and income," Sanders said. "Mike Bloomberg owns more wealth than the bottom 125 million Americans. That's wrong. That's immoral."

"Congratulations, Mr. Bloomberg," Sanders added. "But the average American saw less than a 1 percent increase in his or her income. That's wrong."

Bloomberg defended his wealth by saying, "I've made a lot of money and I'm giving it all away to make this country better. A good chunk goes to the Democratic Party as well."