Twitter Reportedly Suspends a Ton of Accounts

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Twitter suspends accounts, totaling millions of followers, for meme-stealing and tweetdecking

Twitter has chose to give its platform a bit of a clean up by suspending a number of accounts - some with millions of followers - known for "tweetdecking" and stealing people's tweets without credit.

Buzzfeed reported that numerous suspended accounts includes @Dory, @GirlPosts, @SoDamnTrue, @reiatabie, @commonwhitegiri, @teenagernotes, @finah, @holyfag, and @memeprovider.

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. Named after the Twitter dashboard app, it's a method to artificially bloat the popularity of a particular tweet by posting them over a number of accounts.

These handles were among some of the most popular accounts on Twitter, with many having followers in the millions.

In a month of February, Twitter has announced new rules that how users and apps can automate tweets. Such practices come under violation of Twitter's spam policy, which does not allow users to "sell, purchase, or attempt to inflate account interactions artificially".

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

According to Buzzfeed, a number of these accounts were implicit with a practice known as "tweetdecking". Which exposed almost 700,000 people to propaganda in January over the course of the 2016 US Presidential Election. However, the move of Friday to suspend known tweetdeckers is just a great action taken by the company.

It's hardly a secret Twitter has struggled in the past to ensure only verified users post original content on its platform. It's not certain that if the suspensions are permanent or not.

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