Twitter lockdown: Far-right accounts claim site is quietly removing their followers

  • Twitter lockdown: Far-right accounts claim site is quietly removing their followers

Twitter lockdown: Far-right accounts claim site is quietly removing their followers

Roth said users will not be allowed to post identical or substantially similar content across multiple accounts at once, nor will they be allowed to "like" or "retweet" or follow other users from multiple accounts at once.

"Keeping Twitter safe and free from spam is a top priority for us", a Twitter spokesperson said.

Hours after a massive bot purge that prompted the #TwitterLockOut hashtag to trend, the company is announcing new rules for developers meant to prevent bots from using third-party apps to spread spam.

"These changes are an important step in ensuring we stay ahead of malicious activity targeting the crucial conversations taking place on Twitter - including elections in the United States and around the world", Roth said in a statement.

Do not (and do not allow your users to) simultaneously post identical or substantially similar content to multiple accounts.

Tweetdeck has already removed automated retweeting capabilities from its platform. Neither Trump nor Facebook's ad guy mentioned the $1.2 million a month Russians spent on the broader disinformation campaign - one that appears to be continuing apace.

"Tweetdecking is over. Our follower gains are gonna diminish", Andrew Guerrero, a 23-year-old tweetdecker in New Mexico, said. Taylor says Twitter cited its user agreement prohibiting accounts affiliated with groups that promote violence when it suspended his account.

"No one wants to trade retweets with someone that doesn't have good activity, so yeah".

"This is a company that's under a lot of heat to clean up its act in terms of how its platform has been exploited to spread misinformation and junk news", said Samantha Bradshaw from the University of Oxford's Computational Propaganda Project.

"If I control a whole bunch of accounts, forcing me to confirm with the phone can create a significant challenge because sometimes these accounts are created with throwaway numbers", he said. "But I have good activity without tweetdecks, so I'll still be around as long as the good Lord Jack Dorsey keeps my account alive".

Conservative users of Twitter Inc. are claiming that the company has suspended or deleted accounts belonging to thousands of their followers, according to multiple media reports Wednesday.

Twitter's tools are apolitical, and we enforce our rules without political bias. "We also take proactive action on accounts that we believe to be violation of the Twitter Rules, including requesting additional details like asking account owners to confirm a phone number".

The San Francisco messaging platform said the move was meant to rid the service of spam-spewing automated accounts, and not aimed at people using the service according to the rules.