Twitter reportedly announced Wednesday the permanent closure of several fake accounts claiming to be linked to the Associated Press, which had previously posted unconfirmed U.S. election results. Four accounts were shut down by Twitter, based on screenshots circulating online and an assessment of the accounts in question. The reason is that the accounts announced the results of the unconfirmed presidential election in swing states, but the news media did not confirm the news.
Twitter later confirmed that the accounts had been permanently disabled for violating its policy.
The Associated Press is closely watching for its authoritative coverage of the U.S. election. “These fake accounts have nothing to do with the Associated Press,” the agency said. “
Christopher Crebs, director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Bureau, said, “We’re seeing some false media coverage of a state’s election results – don’t be taken seriously!” “