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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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Jack Dorsey Admits Twitter Makes it Easy to Abuse Others

Twitter last year said that making the platform free of abuse, spam and other things that distract from the public conversation is its top priority

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Twitter Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on foreign influence operations and their use of social media on Capitol Hill. VOA

Admitting that Twitter makes it “super easy to harass and abuse others”, CEO of the micrblogging platform Jack Dorsey has said that addressing the issue in a systematic way is his biggest worry.

The platform is relying more on Machine Learning (ML) to identify abusive tweets as opposed to having people individually report them, Dorsey said in his TED talk this week, Business Insider reported.

“We have seen abuse, we have seen harassment, we have seen manipulation, automation, human coordination, misinformation,” Dorsey was quoted as saying.

“These are dynamics that we were not expecting 13 years ago.”

Dorsey also lamented that the system places undue weight on followers and likes.

“Right now the system makes it super easy to harass and abuse others,” he said, while adding that Twitter has created a “pretty terrible situation” for women.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.

As part of the efforts to make its platform appear less toxic, Twitter this week also announced that it is planning to give people an option to hide replies to their tweets, thereby giving users more control over the nature of conversation they would like to have on the platform.

“Starting in June, we’ll be experimenting with ways to give people more control over their conversations by giving them an option to hide replies to their Tweets,” Donald Hicks, Vice President, Twitter Service and David Gasca, Twitter’s Senior Director, Product Management, Health, wrote in a blog post on Tuesday.

While the feature has the potential to make trolls invisible, it could make it difficult for users to correct wrong statements made by others.

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Other social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram already give users much more power in terms of dealing with the comments to their posts, including the option to delete them.

Twitter last year said that making the platform free of abuse, spam and other things that distract from the public conversation is its top priority. (IANS)