Twitter cracks down on fake accounts and bots

Anne Freier | February 23, 2018

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Twitter has announced further changes to its API in an attempt to combat bots. The company recently cracked down on fake accounts which are removed from the platform.
The amends will result in third-party services no longer being able to post similar or identical posts across multiple accounts to Twitter. At the same time, the company has tightened rules on simultaneous likes, follows, retweets and users having multiple accounts.
Among the changes to the company’s TweetDeck are predominant multi-functionality additions. That means users will not be able to use multiple accounts to share tweets or like or retweet another person’s tweet.
Yoel Roth, Head of API policy and product trust at Twitter, said in a blog post.

“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.”

The mass purge in fake accounts and bots is in line with these changes.
Twitter added that any service or app which enabled users to post across multiple accounts was to become compliant by March 23, 2018.

“Failure to comply with these rules could result in enforcement action, up to and including the suspension of associated applications and accounts,” the blog post added.

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