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Micro-blogging Site Twitter Limits Bulk Following to Combat Spams: Report

The company purged about 70 million accounts last year for conducting spamming or malicious behaviour

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In a bid to combat spam on its platform, Twitter has changed its rules to allow users to follow up to 400 accounts a day.

The micro-blogging platform earlier allowed users to follow up to 1,000 accounts.

“Follow, unfollow, follow, unfollow. Who does that? Spammers. So we’re changing the number of accounts you can follow each day from 1,000 to 400. Don’t worry, you’ll be just fine,” the company tweeted late Monday.

Twitter last year cracked down on “bulk tweeting” that allowed accounts to tweet the same content from multiple accounts.

“As a part of our commitment to building a healthy service, we remain focused on stopping spam and abuse on Twitter,” a spokesperson for Twitter told Engadget.

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This April 26, 2017, photo shows the Twitter app icon on a mobile phone in Philadelphia. VOA

Last November, Twitter said it was giving users more freedom to report fake, suspicious accounts to intensify crackdown on online spamming activities.

You can now specify what type of spam you are seeing when you report, including fake accounts.

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Twitter allows users to flag tweets as originating from a fake account or a bot which are impersonating as something or someone else, and mark them as “fake”.

The company purged about 70 million accounts last year for conducting spamming or malicious behaviour. (IANS)

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Twitter Rolls Out Emoji Reactions For Direct Messages

The official @Twitter account teased the feature sharing the string of emoji that will be available once the feature is live

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The latest feature includes seven new reactions and one can add an emoji reaction to any type of Direct Message be it text or media attachments. Pixabay

Micro blogging site Twitter on Thursday rolled out new emoji reactions for Direct Messages to all users on the web, iOS and Android.

It is similar to the functionality that Facebook added to Messenger back in 2017, which enables users to allocate an emoji response to each specific message.

The official @Twitter account teased the feature sharing the string of emoji that will be available once the feature is live.

To add an emoji reaction, hover over the message and click/tap on the heart button called a ‘reaction button’.

A user can also double-tap on the message and select an emoji reaction after the pop-up.

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Micro blogging site Twitter on Thursday rolled out new emoji reactions for Direct Messages to all users on the web, iOS and Android. Pixabay

“Say more with new emoji reactions for Direct Messages. To add a reaction, click the icon that appears when you hover over the message on web or double tap the message on mobile and select an emoji from the pop-up,” the company said in a tweet.

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The latest feature includes seven new reactions and one can add an emoji reaction to any type of Direct Message be it text or media attachments. (IANS)