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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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FILE - A man reads tweets on his phone in front of a displayed Twitter logo. VOA

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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Pessimistic Millennials Across the World Storm Twitter with Retirement Plans

A recent report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) found that today, just 60 per cent of millennials are considered middle-class, compared to 70 per cent of baby boomers when they were in their twenties

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Millennials across the world stormed Twitter with suggestions how they would like to retire, using the hashtag #millennialretirementplans, and most of them had pessimistic and gloomy views about their golden years.

From living in their parents’ basements to colonizing the Mars only to destroy it like Earth, millennials (those born between 1980 and 2000) wished for early death via dark-themed jokes and memes about never been able to retire and putting the blame on Baby Boomers (those born worldwide between 1946 and 1964) and political upheavals.

“Hope we don’t die in our chairs during a meeting that could have been an email,” wrote one user.

“Watch as the environment disintegrates and move to Mars, where we will yet again, destroy another planet,” posted another.

Most of the millennials painted a bleak picture of their retirement plans.

“Why is this even on trending? We all know we’ll never be able to retire,” said another Twitter user.

“Cultivate my kids so they can become successful millionaires and live off of them,” wrote one.

There were several tweets about poor healthcare as a barrier to a good retirement.

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FILE – A man reads tweets on his phone in front of a displayed Twitter logo. VOA

“Work myself to death since healthcare is a debt sentence & social security won’t exist by the time I’m of ‘retiring age’. Or just wait for the nuclear apocalypse,” said one millennial user.

“Early death,” said one.

“Dumpsters are the new tiny houses,” posted another.

A few millennial users, however, made light of the situation.

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“Travelling around the world collecting Pokemon Go,” said a user.

Other comments were: “Have older people pay for you now, have younger people pay for you later,” and “become an anti-social media influencer”.

A recent report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) found that today, just 60 per cent of millennials are considered middle-class, compared to 70 per cent of baby boomers when they were in their twenties. (IANS)