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Report: Twitter suspends bots tweeting in support of Saudis on Khashoggi

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Twitter has suspended hundreds of bot accounts that have been tweeting in support of Saudi Arabia and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in light of Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance, NBC News’ Ben Collins and Shoshana Wodinsky report.

The intrigue: The bots were posting sporadically, which may have helped them avoid detection for some time, per Ben Nimmo, who tracks online misinformation campaigns at the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensics Lab.

Twitter releases content tied to misinformation campaigns

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Twitter is releasing all the content associated with 4,611 accounts it has tied to two previously announced misinformation campaigns by Russia and Iran — 3,814 accounts linked to Russia's Internet Research Agency, which meddled in the 2016 elections, and 770 that were linked to state-backed activity from Iran.

Why it matters: Twitter says the release is part of an effort to be more transparent about the "information operations" it identifies on the platform and opens up those operations to researchers aiming to understand meddling in U.S. politics.