Twitter Cracks Down on Tweetdeckers With Mass Account Suspensions

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The company had also made changes to Tweetdeck and its API last month in a bid to " limit the ability of users to perform coordinated actions across multiple accounts". What is known, however, is that by engaging in "tweetdecking", these accounts have violated the company's policies on spam specifically those that prohibit mass duplication and impersonation.

A bunch of massively popular accounts that are known for stealing other people's viral tweets, including Common White Girl and Dory, were suspended late on Friday. Now, third-party platforms such as Tweetdeck can no longer like or send identical tweets from multiple accounts; a move specifically implemented to target "tweetdecking".

These handles were among some of the most popular accounts on Twitter, with many having followers in the millions. These users are so named because they gather in private Tweetdeck groups to plot out their plans to manufacture virality.

Twitter, after updating its automated tweeting rules in February, has taken a stance on forced memes, automated mass tweeting and accounts that "inflate the prominence of certain tweets".

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This sort of behavior goes against Twitter's rules, which clearly state: "You may not use Twitter's services for the objective of spamming anyone".

A lot of the tweetdeckers will perhaps think about creating new accounts to resume their practice.

Still, there are so many problems to be addressed on Twitter.

A Twitter spokesperson told the Daily Dot that the suspensions were part of a broad effort to fight spam across the website, but the accounts were not suspended because they "stole" tweets from other users.