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Twitter bots are vanishing, Bondi is hot on their trail

January 31, 2018

The New York Times reports more than a million followers have disappeared from the accounts of dozens of prominent Twitter users in recent days as the company faces growing criticism over the proliferation of fake accounts and scrutiny from federal and state inquiries into the shadowy firms that sell fake followers.

The people losing followers include an array of entertainers, entrepreneurs, athletes and media figures, many of whom bought Twitter followers or artificial engagement from a company called Devumi – which is based in West Palm Beach, Florida.

The Florida Attorney General’s Office is investigating recent allegations of social media identity theft involving Devumi and related company Bytion.

From the website: “If you or someone you know has had their identity stolen and used to create a fake social media profile on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube or any other social media platform please file a complaint with our office using the form below.”

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