Twitter has suspended a number of accounts responsible for ‘tweetdecking’

Last month, Twitter
announced a number of new rules
on how users and apps can
automate tweets in an effort to cut down on spam and bots that
spread propaganda. The company says that users using multiple
accounts can “amplify or inflate the prominence of certain
tweets,” and
according to BuzzFeed
, it has just banned a number
of accounts that were known for mass-retweeting or for copying
and stealing tweets from other users.

BuzzFeed says that a number of accounts — such as
@dory, @girlposts, and @ginah, some with “with hundreds of
thousands or even millions of followers” — violated the
company’s new spam policies and have been suspended. A Twitter
spokesperson pointed The Verge to new
that the company rolled out in a broader effort to
combat spam, which state that violators run the risk of having
their accounts being temporarily or permanently suspended.

In February, Twitter
said that it would remove
the ability for third-party
platforms like Tweetdeck to like, retweet, or send out
identical tweets from multiple accounts to cut down on a
practice known as “Tweetdecking.”
At the same time that the rules were rolled out, the company

cracked down on a number of bots

The new rules come
after revelations that over 50,000 accounts
linked to
Russian-backed organizations exposed nearly 700,000 people to
propaganda over the course of the 2016 US Presidential Election
in January. At the time, the company said that it would be
working to prevent applications from controlling armies of
bots. The limits are designed to prevent individuals from
posting “substantially similar content” across multiple
accounts, and using those accounts to artificially boost their
visibility and popularity.

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