Twitter Cracks Down on Automation and Use of Multiple Accounts

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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.

On the other end of the political spectrum, actor Paul F. Tompkins appears to have been suspended overnight for telling Marco Rubio to eat 10 D-sized batteries, while others who have told Rubio to go screw himself over his inaction on gun control.

Twitter had mentioned earlier in the year that it was making changes to Twitter and TweetDeck, that would limit users' ability to publish the same Tweet across multiple accounts at the same time.

An application or service must not permit users to simultaneously post identical or substantially similar content to multiple accounts. Not only do they make accounts pushing for extremist or fringe ideas seem legitimate where they would have been more obscure, bots also skew Twitter's user data.

Filippo Menczer, an informatics and computer science professor at Indiana University, says that's been a persistent vulnerability for Twitter.

If you are a social media manager, adapt to these changes before time expires.

Bad news for the bot brigade. Devumi has denied selling fake followers. While some think that Twitter is now suspending Politically conservative accounts.

The changes Twitter announced Wednesday may have played a role in a controversy on the platform earlier in the day.

Conservative blog The Columbia Bugle said it lost more than 2,000 followers in the "purge". This caused right-wing Twitter users to believe they were being targeted, even though purges were occurring all over Twitter without any political bias. Users aren't allowed to post multiple updates to a trending topic with the intent of inflating its prominence, as well.

Twitter has always had anti-spam rules, but its new guidelines clarify what is and isn't allowed on the website.

The crackdown is an effort to churn out the automated and fake accounts, a move which has rankled some of the conservative personalities.

When an account is locked or a phone number is unconfirmed, it isn't included in follower counts until it provides a phone number, Twitter noted. In the past, the company has deleted a large number of suspicious accounts on a number of occasions.

Twitter has kicked off a clean-up exercise that is aimed at ensuring that users have followers that are "actually humans".

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