Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Twitter suspends accounts for 'tweetdecking'

Twitter suspends accounts for 'tweetdecking'

The social media company has been working to cut down on spam and bots that spread tweets in order to make them viral.

San Francisco: Continuing its tirade against the "tweetdeckers", Twitter has suspended several popular accounts known for stealing tweets or mass-retweeting tweets into manufactured virality. Nevertheless, it is the first time Twitter suspends so many accounts that engage in the practice, and some very popular ones like @GirlPosts and @Dory, which have millions of fans.

Friday went poorly for a select group of Twitter users that have earned a reputation for their expertise at gaming the system.

The company had also made changes to Tweetdeck and its API last month in a bid to " limit the ability of users to perform coordinated actions across multiple accounts".

Twitter, after updating its automated tweeting rules in February, has taken a stance on forced memes, automated mass tweeting and accounts that "inflate the prominence of certain tweets". Now, whether these accounts have been temporarily or permanently suspended is something that we still have no information about.

According to Buzzfeed, a number of these accounts were implicit with a practice known as "tweetdecking". Or they can wait for the suspension to be lifted, if it is temporary. The company's definition of spam includes posting "duplicative or substantially similar content, replies, or mentions over multiple accounts or multiple duplicate updates on one account".

This means that even if their accounts are restored, violating the spam policy will be grounds for permanent deletion.

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