A controversial news aggregator has been suspended by Twitter.
Politics For All was seen to be violating the Twitter rules on platform “manipulation and spam”, according to the social media giant.
It’s sister accounts Football For All and News For All were also reportedly suspended by Twitter over the weekend.
So why has the Twitter account been taken down - and who runs Politics For All?
Why has the account been banned by Twitter?
Politics For All, which had 400,000 followers, was taken down by Twitter, apparently without warning.
It comes after the account had faced growing criticism over the past months - from journalists and those concerned about the owner’s political stance.
News organisations have been voicing their concerns that the account was sending readership away from the original articles with its viral tweets.
The posts use red alarm emojis to alert readers to a breaking news or a developing story, often using no more information than a headline or noteworthy line from the main article.
Others were concerned that the owner’s political stance is too right-leaning.
Press Gazette reported that Politics For All violated Twitter’s rules on “platform manipulation and spam”.
However, no wider elaboration has been given so-far as to why it was in breach of the rules.
According to Twitter’s policy on platform manipulation, accounts “may not use Twitter’s services in a manner intended to artificially amplify or suppress information that manipulates or disrupts people’s experience on Twitter”.
Who runs Politics For All?
Nick Moar, a 19-year-old journalist, is at the helm of the For All brand.
The student teen became the head of social media at The Spectator last year, it was revealed by The Byline Times, who reported Moar was also a Conservative, Brexit supporter.
The loss of the account has even drummed up support from ex-footballers and social media stars.
Football pundit Gary Neville said on Twitter: “So @Twitter has permanently banned @politicsforall . A very dark move. What the hell is going on?”
Steven Bartlett, founder of The Social Chain and soon-to-be judge on Dragon’s Den, said he thinks someone was “unhappy” with the reach and influence of the account.
Indy100 spoke with an unnamed Politics For All source who reportedly said the account was appealing the decision and “that they have not been informed by Twitter of the reasons why the accounts have been suspended”.
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