Twitter is trying to crack down on spam bots

Twitter is trying to crack down on spam bots

Twitter is trying to crack down on spam bots

The new changes by Twitter comes barely a month after Facebook overhauled how it ranks the posts, videos and photos that appear in its users' News Feeds.

Twitter is cracking down on its users' ability to coordinate posting across multiple social media platforms, a move that the company hopes will tamp down on the spread of spam and misinformation. While the list is substantial, it can be summarised as below.

An application or service must not permit users to simultaneously post identical or substantially similar content to multiple accounts.

The most hit with the new strategy could be new media publishers and celebrity, commonly social media influencers, as they tweet with similar message across various accounts.

Twitter is seeking out and shutting down automated accounts that pretend to be real people as pressure mounts to purge the service of "bots" that artificially inflate follower counts and advertising metrics. Twitter has banned bulked tweeting and deleted multiple duplicate accounts, a possible major step towards eradication of the practice of mass tweeting.

NBA All-Star Weekend: Larry Nance Jr. robbed in NBA Dunk Contest
He racked up an aggregate score of 196 across four total dunks and beat out Larry Nance, Jr .in the final round. He posted a flawless 50 on his last dunk by catching it off the backboard twice in midair and slamming it home.

In essence, the new guidelines say that no third-party application should allow users to select multiple accounts and simultaneously send the same tweet.

Conservatives, however, have long claimed that they're specifically targeted by Twitter; even FCC chair Ajit Pai has accused the company of political discrimination.

There have also been pleas for Twitter to provide more detail about its efforts. #TwitterLockOut was among the trending topics.

Meanwhile, some people have suspected that this all happened because of "bot purge" issue, a type of account speculated to be handled by "hostile foreign agents" for spreading false rumors and propaganda. These accounts posted 175,993 tweets during the 2016 US Presidential election campaign, 8.4% of which were related to the election itself. Twitter updated Tweetdeck on Wednesday to remove this feature.

"We focus on suspicious account behaviors that indicate inorganic, automated activity, or abusive behavior", the statement said. In a followup story, the Times reported that some of the accounts it had identified as having purchased followers were losing substantial numbers of followers but Twitter declined to comment to the Times about whether it was purging fake accounts.

Related news