Twitter Suspends Accounts For 'Tweetdecking'

Nellie Chapman
March 13, 2018

Twitter continues its fight against spam and "tweetdecking" on its platform. It is a practice that has been going on for a while and Twitter has had a tough time cracking down on it.

The social media company moved to suspend a number of popular accounts with millions of followers between them, Buzzfeed reports.

It has now suspended many accounts that were involved in mass-retweeting each other's posts to create artificially viral tweets, the accounts included Common White Girl and Dory and Finah.

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Tweetdecking is the process of regular users paying high profile accounts that are part of a group of prominent Twitter users to all retweet a tweet, artificially boosting its popularity by sending it out to a broad audience. The ultimate aim of the practice is to artificially induce these posts to become viral. If the social media platform decides to reactivate the suspended accounts, it is likely that repeating their offense will result in more stringent punishments in the future. It's not certain that if the suspensions are permanent or not. The company's definition of spam includes posting "duplicative or substantially similar content, replies, or mentions over multiple accounts or multiple duplicate updates on one account".

Lately, Twitter has come under scrutiny over spamming and fake accounts on its website. Now the accounts-which racked up millions of followers and stole amusing tweets without giving credit-are actually gone from Twitter.

In a month of February, Twitter has announced new rules that how users and apps can automate tweets. The company is also now making greater effort to crack down on the use of bots on its site.

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