Twitter cracks down on automated tweets

Twitter cracks down on automated tweets

Roth said users will not be allowed to post identical or substantially similar content across multiple accounts at once, nor will they be allowed to "like" or "retweet" or follow other users from multiple accounts at once.

"Today's update to TweetDeck and our developer platform is an important change to ensure we stay ahead of malicious activity targeting conversations on Twitter".

The company has made changes to Twitter and TweetDeck to limit coordinated posts across several 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.

Roth says they will exclude posts about weather, emergencies or public service announcements.

With the new rules in place, users will still be able to send a tweet and have multiple accounts retweeted but won't be able to use what the company describes as "bulk, aggressive, or very high-volume automated retweeting"-behaviors that are typically enabled through automation tools".

Users have called for Twitter to take action to combat abuse and harassment repeatedly, and the demands for better management of the platform and the community intensified after the 2016 US presidential election.

Some US users with conservative politics complained their number of followers had gone down after Twitter asked them to verify their identity.

"That's why some people may be experiencing suspensions or locks", the company said in a statement from spokeswoman Emily Horne. Researchers say as many as 15 percent of accounts could be fake or spam, a number Twitter says is much lower.

Some prominent conservatives and white supremacists on Twitter lost thousands of followers Wednesday after Twitter purged its service of numerous automated "bot" accounts. If they are bots, Twitter will have a major problem actually monetizing them.

Twitter took a new approach to "get the shitty people to not show up" on Twitter, in the form of a blanket ban on Twitter accounts that were allegedly bots - or, as some vexed users will tell you, simply conservatives.

The action follows an indictment announced last week by special counsel Robert Mueller against 13 Russian nationals and three Russian firms. "This is part of our ongoing, comprehensive efforts to make Twitter safer and healthier for everyone".

"Our work indicates a lot of the more conservative Americans were consuming more junk news", she explained.

Hold on to that popcorn, more drama to come soon.