Twitter to lose millions of accounts

Twitter to lose millions of accounts

Discussion in 'Gadget & Internet Hub' started by Demon_Skeith, Jul 11, 2018.

  1. Demon_Skeith

    Demon_Skeith Administrator Staff Member Administrator

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    Fake/bot accounts that is.

    As reported by The New York Times, the reasoning for Twitter deleting the accounts stems from extensive social media fraud, where some users inflate their own follower count by using automated fake accounts in order to bolster their status on the service.

    So on July 12th, tomorrow, most Twitter users will most likely see some or lots of followers suddenly vanish. Should you run a service that takes money to make fake accounts to boost twitter followers, best start looking for a new line of work.
     
  2. Grungie

    Grungie Well-Known Member Full GL Member

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    Clearly I was using Twitter wrong.
     
  3. テクニカル諏訪子

    テクニカル諏訪子 _(:3」∠)_ Full GL Member

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    The real reason: people get fed up by the policies becoming more totalitarian with every change, more and more censorship being enforced on everyone, more and more people getting shadowbanned for having an own opinion (because that is controversial in the current age!), etc.

    I stopped using Twitter for these reasons last year, except I didn't delete my account, I put to private instead.
    Just in case somebody decides to make a new account under my name.
     
  4. Demon_Skeith

    Demon_Skeith Administrator Staff Member Administrator

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    I'm sure some legit accounts will vanish, but I'm sure most of the take downs were spam accounts.
     
  5. テクニカル諏訪子

    テクニカル諏訪子 _(:3」∠)_ Full GL Member

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    Not really, unless everything related to conservative, right wing, etc. is considered "spam" nowadays:
     
  6. Claraviolet

    Claraviolet Well-Known Member Full GL Member

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    Well, I don't believe spam-bots deserve accounts at all. That's why we delete them even in AMF.

    I am kinda surprised though. Usually people don't delete them to show off their stats.
     
  7. テクニカル諏訪子

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    On a forum I recently took (co-)ownership of had only 2 spambots in the past 3 years, and all their posts got removed before anyone else could notice.
    Now I'm developing a new forum system from scratch with the frontend being made in Vue.js, which spambots can't view (and sadly neither humans can view while browsing through a command line web browser, and luckily neither humans can view while browsing through IE11 or older).
     

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