Twitter Reportedly Suspends a Ton of Accounts

Twitter Reportedly Suspends a Ton of Accounts

Twitter has suspended multiple high profile accounts for breaking new rules that were put in place to stop users from stealing tweets and artificially boosting tweet popularity. In January, the company unveiled new measures against spam and tweetdecking.

Twitter declined to comment on individual accounts.

Apparently, stealing other people's jokes without giving their creators proper credit is just one of the offenses of some of these accounts. Tweetdecking is the practice seen with groups on Tweetdeck who mass-retweet each others posts in order to get them viral. According to a recent BuzzFeed report, they used their reach to make money by selling retweets, enabling them to artificially make posts go viral. Violating this policy is grounds for permanent suspension, the company said. If the social media platform decides to reactivate the suspended accounts, it is likely that repeating their offense will result in more stringent punishments in the future.

And, more acutely: "Users of TweetDeck will no longer be able to select multiple accounts through which to perform an action such as Tweeting, Retweeting, liking, or following".

"You may not use Twitter's services for the objective of spamming anyone". More than 50,000 Twitter accounts were allegedly linked to the Russian government and may have been used to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential elections.

Last month, Twitter announced new rules that would aim to prevent users from creating or controlling accounts in an organized fashion to achieve a particular goal (such as making a post appear to have more support than it actually does).

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