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Twitter Suspending Multiple Accounts To Restrict Automation And Spam

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| February 22 , 2018 , 19:30 IST

In an attempt to keep Twitter safe and spam free, the company plans on suspending multiple accounts to curb the spam violation. Twitter rules prohibit any attempt to use automation for the purposes of posting or disseminating spam, and such behaviour may result in enforcement action.

In a detailed blog post, Twitter API and Policy executive Yoel Roth announced the changes. 

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This step will act as a much-needed cleansing tool, as even users with personal accounts spam about agendas with bulk data.

Twitter suggests that instead of using identical content from multiple accounts, one can always retweet from a particular account. This would enable authenticity of content being shared. Curbing of bulk Retweet will also be monitored and may be subject to enforced actions.

"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. For example, applications that coordinate activity across multiple accounts to simultaneously post Tweets with a specific hashtag (e.g. in an attempt to cause that topic to trend) are prohibited." the post reads.

As a sole exception to this rule, applications that broadcast or share weather, emergency, or other public service announcements of broad community interest (for example, earthquake or tsunami alerts) are permitted to post this content across multiple accounts who have authorized an app.