Twitter bans bulk tweeting and duplicate accounts in bot crackdown

Here's a step intended to reduce the spread of automated propaganda on Twitter:

Twitter is announcing major limits on how users and apps can automate tweets, in order to combat spam and political propaganda bots. Developers are now banned from using any system that simultaneously posts “identical or substantially similar” tweets from multiple accounts at once, or makes actions like liking, retweeting, and following across multiple accounts at once. Twitter will remove these options from its own TweetDeck app, and third-party developers have until March 23rd to comply.
Twitter says these actions 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.” It alluded to the plan last month, when it revealed that over 50,000 accounts were linked to Russian propaganda efforts.


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