Twitter has come down hard on a number of accounts notorious for stealing other people’s tweets and mass re-tweeting. The Twitter purge, according to BuzzFeed, affected a number of accounts with huge followership—some hundreds of thousands, even millions.
Known as “tweetdecking” according to BuzzFeed, the act involves some secretly formed groups called “decks.” Activities involve a “highly organized system of mass-retweeting [that] exists in order to launch deck members’ tweets — and paying customers’ tweets — into meticulously manufactured virality.”
The act violates Twitter’s policy on spam, which prohibits users from selling, purchasing or attempt to artificially inflate account interactions. Those accounts are for now suspended, and it has not yet been revealed if things will stay that way or the accounts will eventually be banned.
Just last week, Twitter took steps to purge its platform of the amount of cryptocurrency scams blowing like wildfire. It had to be now because names of important personality such as John McAfee, Elon Musk and the likes are now being used by scammers to deceive people on Twitter.
The scammers use misleading tactics like a little misspelling of a username or use avatar similar to the verified account, telling unsuspecting followers to send them a token of currency to receive a bigger amount in return.
We’re aware of this form of manipulation and are proactively implementing a number of signals to prevent these types of accounts from engaging with others in a deceptive manner,” Twitter said in a statement per The Verge.
Just last week, the European Union asked Twitter and Facebook to remove terrorist content within an hour of being notified of its presence. What the EU wants is for Twitter to proactively detect and get rid of terrorist and hate content, while also providing progress reports every three months. Even though, dealing with cryptocurrency may or may not fall within this latest order issued to Twitter by the EU, the microblogging company deserves all the commendation it can get for this latest move.
It would seem that something aside from banning and suspending affected accounts is already being done by the microblogging company. Over the weekend, CEO Jack Dorsey said that the microblogging company is working to make the blue verified checkmark an option that everyone can take.
“The intention is to open verification to everyone,” Dorsey said. “And to do it in a way that’s scalable, [so] we’re not in the way and people can verify more facts about themselves and we don’t have to be the judge or imply any bias on our part.”
A small team has therefore been raised and tasked with the responsibility of reviewing the process as currently obtained. Dorsey admitted that the current verification process is confusing and interpreted differently from what Twitter intends it to be.
“The main problem is, we use [the checkmark] to mean identity, “he said per Engadget. “But in user research, users think of it as credibility, [that] Twitter stands behind this person and what they’re saying is great and authentic, which is not what we meant.”