Twitter suspends several accounts responsible for stealing tweets

Joann Johnston
March 12, 2018

Following Twitters new rules laid down last month, it looks like the company is indeed getting a lot more serious to limit tweetdeckers. These rules were announced just to cut down on spam and stop the spreading of propaganda.

It is unclear whether the accounts will be suspended permanently, or whether Twitter will reinstate them in the future. What is known, however, is that by engaging in "tweetdecking", these accounts have violated the company's policies on spam specifically those that prohibit mass duplication and impersonation. According to BuzzFeed, Twitter targeted some of these accounts because they are known for "tweetdecking", a practice where multiple accounts are used in mass-retweeting each other's posts. They gather in private Tweetdeck groups to plot out their plans to manufacture virality.

This sort of behavior goes against Twitter's rules, which clearly state: "You may not use Twitter's services for the objective of spamming anyone".

"You may not use Twitter's services for the goal of spamming anyone".

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The new rules come after revelations that over 50,000 accounts linked to Russian-backed organizations exposed almost 700,000 people to propaganda over the course of the 2016 US Presidential Election in January.

Twitter has been cleaning up its social network in a bid to promote more genuine interaction among users which is why it has now gone after accounts that create artificially viral tweets.

Twitter's CEO Jack Dorsey has recently made a revelation that the company is working towards fixing the recent series of cryptocurrency scams on its platform. It's unknown whether the suspensions are permanent.

In February, Twitter said that it would remove the ability for third-party platforms like Tweetdeck to like, retweet, or send out identical tweets from multiple accounts to cut down on a practice known as "Tweetdecking".

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