Amid global controversy on Facebook data leak and the bigger discussion on whether social media platforms are trusted content providers, Twitter has reportedly suspended a number of accounts globally because of stealing tweets or “tweetdecking”.
Some of the accounts that have been temporarily closed were hugely popular. These included @GirlPosts, @SoDamnTrue and @commonwhitegiri, @reiatabie, report The Independent.
GirlPosts, for example, had 9.8 million followers, according to marketingtechnews.
The suspension of accounts has come at a time when Twitter is enforcing strict regulations regarding ‘content boundaries’ on its site.
GMR reached out to Twitter’s regional PR to get more information related to the suspension of accounts and to ask about whether any one from the Middle East has been suspended.
While details are awaited on whether any accounts from the region has been suspended or not, a statement from Twitter shared with GMR adds, “In order to protect the experience and safety of people who use Twitter, there are some limitations on the type of content and behavior that we allow.”
“Keeping Twitter safe and free from spam is a top priority for us. One of the most common spam violations we see is the use of multiple accounts and the Twitter developer platform to attempt to artificially amplify or inflate the prominence of certain Tweets,” the statement added.
“To be clear: Twitter prohibits any attempt to use automation for the purposes of posting or disseminating spam, and such behavior may result in enforcement action.”
In January this year, Twitter announced that as part of its Information Quality efforts it would be making changes to TweetDeck and the Twitter API to limit the ability of users to perform coordinated actions across multiple accounts.
“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,” a statement on Twitter blog noted.
The blog describes in details the guidelines and do’s and don’ts for Twitter users.
For instance, it says, “Do not (and do not allow your users to) simultaneously post identical or substantially similar content to multiple accounts. For example, your service should not permit a user to select several accounts they control from which to publish a given Tweet.”
Another guideline says, “The use of any form of automation (including scheduling) to post identical or substantially similar content, or to perform actions such as Likes or Retweets, across many accounts that have authorized your app (whether or not you created or directly control those accounts) is not permitted.”