Conservatives cry 'conspiracy' over Russian bot Twitter purge

Heather Gardner
Video Producer, Yahoo Entertainment

While many praised Twitter for taking action against Russian meddling, the purge, being labeled #TwitterLockOut online, had an unexpected side effect: The lockout seemed to affect only conservative users.

Several right-wing Twitter users voiced their concerns about the purge, claiming the social site was “attacking” and “censoring” their accounts.

From the liberal side of Twitter, the response was mixed. Some were thrilled the social media site is taking action against Russian meddling.

Others found #TwitterLockOut more entertaining, particularly the conservative uproar over lost followers. These users mocked the right.

Twitter has not responded to the controversy it created.

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