A political news aggregator that amassed nearly half a million followers has been banned by Twitter for “artificially amplifying” its audience.
Politics For All was suspended at the weekend due to “multiple or severe violations” of the company’s manipulation rules.
The suspension stretches to News For All, Football For All, and the personal account of Nick Moar, the 19-year-old who founded the aggregator while he was still at school.
A PFA insider told The Telegraph: “The fact that Twitter will allow The Taliban on their platform, but not a simple news aggregator is quite something. We will be appealing this decision.”
The PFA has been adopted as a source of news by political aficionados on Twitter for tweeting headlines to breaking news stories, before publishing a second tweet linking to the original article.
The tactic has allowed the PFA to rapidly accumulate a vast following despite only acting as a middleman to news stories published by long-standing news websites.
A Twitter message to the PFA seen by The Telegraph said the accounts “will remain suspended” despite attempts to appeal the decision.
“Artificially amplifying or disrupting conversations through the use of multiple accounts is a violation of the Twitter rules,” the message from Twitter added.
“This includes overlapping accounts: operating multiple accounts with overlapping personas or substantially similar content.
“Mutually interacting accounts: operating multiple accounts that interact with one another in order to inflate or manipulate the prominence of specific tweets and accounts.
“And coordination: creating multiple accounts to post duplicative content or create fake engagement.”
Mr Moar, who launched the first account when he was 17, has become a target for Left-wing campaigners. He is a Conservative supporter and advocate for Brexit, but PFA has aimed to be impartial.
The ban comes after YouTube temporarily suspended Novara Media’s channel for breaching its rules in October for breaching its community guidelines.
The decision prompted a backlash from the channel’s supporters and Labour MPs, who claimed YouTube was mounting an attack on free speech.
The video-sharing app later reinstated the channel of the Left-leaning news website following a review, stating that “on occasions we make the wrong call”.
A Twitter spokeswoman said the PFA and affiliated accounts “were permanently suspended for violating the Twitter rules on platform manipulation and spam.”