Some of the removed Twitter accounts that actively supported the Serbian Progressive Party and its leader and Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic were 10 years old, but most were created in mid-2018, Daniel Bush, the author of an analysis by the Stanford Internet Observatory of the use of Twitter accounts in the promotion of the Progressive Party and Vucic, said on April 7.
Some of the accounts Twitter removed were 10 years old. However, most of the deleted accounts were created in mid-2018. That happened in two big waves - in mid-2018 and just before the start of the protests called One Out of the Five Million. The second wave happened in mid-2019, Bush told Voice of America (VoA).
When asked whether this was being done according to a particular pattern, Bush said that what could be said with certainty was that all activities such as these were on the rise in political systems that had a lot of tension and conflict.
The more politics moves to the Internet and social networks - the more people will be tempted to use these and similar tools to use platforms like Twitter. In Serbia's case, we witnessed a broad and sophisticated use of those tactics and tools, said Bush.