Twitter suspends several accounts responsible for stealing tweets.Continuing its tirade against the “tweetdeckers”, Twitter has suspended several popular accounts known for stealing tweets or mass-retweeting tweets into manufactured virality.
In addition to stealing people’s tweets without credit, some of these accounts are known as “tweetdeckers” due to their practice of teaming up in exclusive Tweetdeck groups and mass-retweeting one another’s — and paying customers’ — tweets into forced virality, the report said.
Tweetdecking is an explicit violation of Twitter’s spam policy, which does not allow users to “sell, purchase, or attempt to artificially inflate account interactions”.
According to Twitter’s rules, violating this policy is grounds for permanent suspension. (As is creating a new account to evade a permanent suspension.)
Several of these accounts were very popular with hundreds of thousands or even millions of followers.
These new rules and moves by Twitter come after it was revealed that more than 50,000 accounts linked to Russian-backed organisations tried to influence over 700,000 people trough propaganda during the 2016 US Presidential Election in January.
The idea is to limit and prevent individual accounts from posting content that is very similar across several accounts and then use those accounts to boost their popularity and try to go viral artificially.