Conservatives say they've lost thousands of followers on Twitter

Conservatives say they've lost thousands of followers on Twitter
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Conservative Twitter users are speaking out about a loss in followers after Twitter reportedly suspended thousands of accounts.

Twitter has yet to announce the purge, but there is speculation that the action was part of the social media giant's effort to get rid of suspected Russian bots.

Conservatives say they have been targeted in the purge, Gizmodo reported.

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Some users are also claiming they were locked out of their accounts.

By Wednesday morning, the hashtag "#TwitterLockOut" was trending on Twitter.

"Twitter’s tools are apolitical, and we enforce our rules without political bias," a Twitter spokesperson told The Hill in a statement.

"As part of our ongoing work in safety, we identify suspicious account behaviors that indicate automated activity or violations of our policies around having multiple accounts, or abuse. We also take action on any accounts we find that violate our terms of service, including asking account owners to confirm a phone number so we can confirm a human is behind it. That’s why some people may be experiencing suspensions or locks," the spokesperson continued.

"This is part of our ongoing, comprehensive efforts to make Twitter safer and healthier for everyone."

The move comes just a few days after special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE charged 13 Russians and three companies with interfering in the 2016 elections. The Russian operatives allegedly relied on social media to spread divisive messages and even organized events that thousands of Americans attended.

The Russians created fake social media accounts, including on Facebook and Twitter, to appeal to political, religious and ethnic groups, according to the indictment. Some accounts also impersonated real Americans.

Twitter and Facebook have been heavily criticized for their role in allowing Russian meddling.

Last month, Twitter told Congress that Russian bots retweeted President TrumpDonald John TrumpVeterans groups demand end to shutdown: 'Get your act together' Brown launches tour in four early nominating states amid 2020 consideration Pence on border wall: Trump won't be ‘deterred’ by Dem ‘obstruction’ MORE nearly 500,000 times during the months before the election. The bots retweeted Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGillibrand announces exploratory committee to run for president on Colbert Former PepsiCo CEO being considered for World Bank chief post: report Live coverage: Trump AG pick grilled on Mueller probe at confirmation hearing MORE less than 50,000 times in the same period.

This story was updated at 3:48 p.m.