Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Twitter Resumes Crackdown on Tweetdecking

Twitter Resumes Crackdown on Tweetdecking

Under increasing pressure to eliminate spamming, Twitter announced last month that it has a new set of rules on how users and app can automate tweets.

On Friday, Twitter continued its crusade against tweetdecking, a practice to copy-paste tweets that are not yours just for popularity, suspending several accounts that routinely steal tweets.

The social media company moved to suspend a number of popular accounts with millions of followers between them, Buzzfeed reports.

Buzzfeed reported that numerous suspended accounts includes @Dory, @GirlPosts, @SoDamnTrue, @reiatabie, @commonwhitegiri, @teenagernotes, @finah, @holyfag, and @memeprovider. Several suspended tweetdeckers had amassed hundreds of thousands or even millions of followers. These users are so named because they gather in private Tweetdeck groups to plot out their plans to manufacture virality.

It's not clear whether Twitter will be re-enabling access to these accounts, nor if this purge will clear Twitter of its mass of spam. This behavior is against rules of Twitter. This step has been taken a few weeks after the company decided that it was no longer going to allow Tweetdeck users to retweet posts across multiple accounts. More than 50,000 Twitter accounts were allegedly linked to the Russian government and may have been used to influence the 2016 United States presidential elections.

Twitter's CEO Jack Dorsey recently admitted the site has serious problems with "abuse, harassment, troll armies, manipulation through bots and human coordination, misinformation campaigns, and increasingly divisive echo chambers", and asked for help assessing the "health" of the platform. Twitter's struggle to clean up its platform is highly appreciated.

Twitter already made a significant change earlier this year to prevent tweetdecking; it removed the option to send the same tweet across multiple accounts simultaneously.

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