Twitter suspends fake Black pro-Trump accounts

Twitter said Tuesday it had suspended several fake accounts purporting to be African Americans who support President Donald Trump and which had succeeded in garnering several thousand followers in just a few days.

“Our teams are working diligently to investigate this activity and will take action in line with the Twitter rules if Tweets are found to be in violation,” said a spokesman for the San Francisco-based company.

Darren Linvill, a professor at Clemson University who specializes in disinformation on social media, published some examples of the fake accounts on Twitter, accusing them of using “digital black face.” 

“Yes IM BLACK AND IM VOTING FOR TRUMP!” said one of the examples he shared, under the name of Ted Katya on September 17. “Libs wont like that but I dont care!!!”

The tweet was shared 6,000 times and “liked” more then 16,000 times.

Most of the accounts “used images of real

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Twitter Suspends Accounts Allegedly Operated by People Posing as Black Trump Supporters

Twitter has reportedly suspended a number of accounts that claimed to be owned by Black supporters of Donald Trump.

According to the Washington Post, the social media giant confirmed the move Tuesday, stating the accounts in question had violated the platform’s rules against spam and manipulation. Twitter spokesman Trenton Kennedy told the publication the affected accounts were part of a network identified by Clemson University social media researcher Darren Linvill. The researcher noted that the more than two dozen accounts were using similar posting nearly identical messages, like: “YES IM BLACK AND IM VOTING FOR TRUMP!!!” and the #BlacksForTrump hashtag.

It was also noted that many of these profiles featured stolen photos from news articles, as the names on the account did not match the names listed in the news report. There was even one profile page that had the words “black man photo” as the avatar—”a hint of

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Apple Suspends Commissions for Apps Offering Paid Online Events Due to Coronavirus

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said it is giving some businesses a reprieve from paying a 30% commission on paid events and experiences through mobile apps, a move that comes as the App Store owner faces scrutiny from software developers and regulators over how its digital marketplace operates.

The announcement Friday follows a

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statement confirming that Apple approved its request to exempt businesses hosting live online events through its app from being required to pay a cut of sales to Apple.

Apple’s move, which will last until the end of the year, is significant because the company doesn’t normally allow app developers to process payments for in-app purchases themselves or use third-party services, saying those alternative platforms could pose security risks.

The technology company instead makes developers use its own payment system and takes a 30% cut of sales from paid apps and in-app purchases, as well

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HumanForest suspends London e-bike sharing service, cuts jobs after customer accident

UK-based startup HumanForest has suspended its nascent ‘free’ e-bike service in London this week, after experiencing “mechanical” issues and after a user had an accident on one of its bikes, TechCrunch has learned. The suspension has also seen the company make a number of layoffs with plans to re-launch next spring using a different e-bike.

The service suspension comes only a few months after HumanForest started the trial in North London — and just a couple of weeks after announcing a $2.3M seed round of funding backed by the founders of Cabify and others.

We were tipped to the closure by an anonymous source who said they were employed by the startup. They told us the company’s e-bike had been found to have a defect and there had been an accident involving a user, after which the service was suspended. They also told us HumanForest fired a bunch of staff

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