Juan Guzman, a researcher at UCL who has exposed hundreds of thousands of bots on social media, said Twitter had neglected tackling automatic tweet generators for years.
Del Harvey, Twitter’s head of trust and safety, told the paper that it was now erring more on the side of “preserving safety” rather than supporting free speech at all costs.
“One of the biggest shifts is in how we think about balancing free expression versus the potential for free expression to chill someone else’s speech,” said Ms Harvey.
A spokesman for Twitter said the Washington Post report was “nothing new” and added that the account suspensions were part of its “ongoing work to improve the health of the public conversation on Twitter”.
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