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Porn Bots Flood Twitter’s Trending Topics to Lure Users

According to Twitter’s “Sensitive Media Policy”, you may not post media that is excessively gory or share violent or adult content within a live video or in profile or header images. Media depicting sexual violence and/or assault is also not permitted

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Not just Facebook-owned Instagram, porn bots have now flooded Twitter and unlike Instagram, these spam accounts include photos of women in bikinis along with words relevant to trending topics on the micro-blogging platform to lure users.

According to a report in Engadget, these spams show up under the “Top” tab of Twitter’s trending section and are “even more brazen in their attempts to lure in gullible readers”.

Once clicked on these accounts, the users are taken to porn sites, asking for personal information, including email address, age, location and credit card number.

Since these spams are seen under the “Top” tab of the trending section, people see them first when visiting any key trending topic.

“All the accounts were created in August and they used the ‘Pinned Tweet’ feature of the app to try to promote a website,” said the report on Wednesday.

For example, a bot with the handle @calvi_anna said: “My WhatsApp is on the site in the profile information about me, call me. Watch my private videos for free after a simple registration”.

Once you click, you are redirected to porn sites.

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“Some of these are the same sites you’ll come across when you fall for a scheme from the bots leaving comments on Instagram, except on Twitter they’re using trending topics to run their operation, the report added.

In a statement, Twitter said it is working hard to ensure this type of spam does not appear in search results or conversations.

“Sometimes, it can miss these dubious accounts and when that happens, people do have the option to report them,” Twitter told Engadget.

The appearance of such porn bots on Twitter’s trending topics comes at a time when the feature is already under scrutiny.

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The feature has been “blamed for gaslighting conspiracy theories about Jeffrey Epstein, the American millionaire and convicted sex offender who recently committed suicide in a New York City jail”.

According to Twitter’s “Sensitive Media Policy”, you may not post media that is excessively gory or share violent or adult content within a live video or in profile or header images. Media depicting sexual violence and/or assault is also not permitted.

“Adult content is any consensually produced and distributed media that is pornographic or intended to cause sexual arousal,” reads the policy, adding that “If you share this content within Tweets, you need to mark your account as sensitive”. (IANS)

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Delhites Flood Twitter with Funny Memes, Jokes on #oddeven Scheme

Kejriwal said the Odd-Even scheme was aimed at combating high-levels of air pollution in winters due to crop burning in neighbouring states

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Soon after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday announced that the Odd-Even scheme will be back between November 4 and 15, several memes, jokes and videos with #oddeven hashtag have gone viral on social media such as Twitter.

Twitterati shared funny reactions and jokes on the scheme’s comeback.

Here are some of the funniest posts:

A Twitter user named @sagarcasm tweeted: “I don’t think Arvind Kejriwal and Piyush Goyal get along very well. Kejriwal loves doing Odd-Even and Goyal hates maths. #OddEven.”

“I’m not following this ridiculous #OddEven. Fine me, arrest me. There, I said it. @ArvindKejriwal, you ignorant, lazy, freak – vehicular emissions barely scratch the surface of the ocean causing air pollution,” a woman with username @MeherunissaA tweeted.

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Another person shared a picture of Bollywood actor Jimmy Sheirgill with his popular movie dialogue ‘Humko Ghanta Faraq Nahi Padta’ and also wrote with caption: “Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced that the #OddEven scheme for vehicles will be implemented in Delhi from 4 to 15 November. People who go on metros – #OddEven.”

“#oddeven #SayItLikeNirmalaTai #BoycottMillenials #BoycottMillennials, everyone freaking out with traffic fines and odd even. *Le me*, a millennial destroying economy taking odd/even numbered Uber/Ola,” another user tweeted.

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“Delhites, get ready to welcome #oddeven #evenodd once again..this time from 4-15 Nov. @ArvindKejriwal, instead of finding a solution to crop burning and stopping it, its so easy to make us suffer, right? We don’t mind any PLANS to curb stub burning?” another tweet read.

Kejriwal said the Odd-Even scheme was aimed at combating high-levels of air pollution in winters due to crop burning in neighbouring states. (IANS)