Twitter Suspends Accounts For 'Tweetdecking'


The so-called tweetdeckers is a network of users named after TweetDeck, a Twitter-management app enabling users to post on several accounts at once.

Twitter has made a decision to give its platform a bit of a clean up by suspending a number of accounts - some with millions of followers - known for "tweetdecking" and stealing people's tweets without credit. 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. This behavior is against rules of Twitter.

These handles were among some of the most popular accounts on Twitter, with many having followers in the millions.

Under increasing pressure to eliminate spamming, Twitter announced last month that it has a new set of rules on how users and app can automate tweets.

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"You may not use Twitter's services for the objective of spamming anyone". "The platform's spam policy covers many different types of bad behavior, including the posting of "duplicative or substantially similar content, replies, or mentions over multiple accounts" or "[attempting] to artificially inflate account interactions".

Twitter has also come up with changes to TweetDeck wherein accounts will no longer have the ability to select multiple accounts that would simultaneously tweet, retweet, like, or follow the same tweets or accounts. This organization has been reported to influence the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election, wherein nearly 70,000 people were exposed to the Russian propaganda.

Twitter continues its fight against spam and "tweetdecking" on its platform. It's not certain that if the suspensions are permanent or not. These all accounts have violated the company's new spam policies. Twitter declined to comment on individual suspensions.