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Twitter Suspends Numerous Popular Accounts That Are Known For Stealing Tweets (buzzfeed.com) 52

An anonymous reader shares a report: Continuing its battle against the "tweetdeckers," Twitter suspended on Friday several popular accounts known for stealing tweets or mass-retweeting tweets into manufactured virality. @Dory, @GirlPosts, @SoDamnTrue, Girl Code/@reiatabie, Common White Girl/@commonwhitegiri, @teenagernotes, @finah, @holyfag, and @memeprovider were among the accounts that got swept up in the purge. Many of these accounts were hugely popular, with hundreds of thousands or even millions of followers. In addition to stealing people's tweets without credit, some of these accounts are known as "tweetdeckers" due to their practice of teaming up in exclusive Tweetdeck groups and mass-retweeting one another's -- and paying customers' -- tweets into forced virality. A Twitter spokesperson declined to comment on individual accounts, but BuzzFeed News understands the accounts were suspended for violating Twitter's spam policy.
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Twitter Suspends Numerous Popular Accounts That Are Known For Stealing Tweets

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    The original twits still aren't deprived of their inane bloody tweets, they've still got them insofar as you can really own anything that's in the sodding cloud. The suspended accounts were plagiarising tweets: copying them without attribution.
    Words matter; the headline made it sound like they found some sort of vulnerability in Twitter allowing them to move tweets to different accounts.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 11, 2018 @11:34AM (#56242639)

    1. BuzzFeed -> need I say more?
    2. Twitter -> Seriously, need I say more?

    Twitter is, has always been, and will always be, a 100% PR/propaganda site, for those PR and midlife crisis people who believe it's where the "cool" young "hip" people are, but where really them and only them live. Even the young girls there are just such people pretending to be them. And every famous person there is either a "managed account" or somebody who wants to be "cool" and precisely doesn't know what is.

    And BuzzFeed is a site that out-HuffPo’d and out-FoxNews’d both Fox News and Huffington Post in their clickbaity bullshittery. They are the epitome of fake news. Their logo is literally what you find in the dictionary when you look up "fake news" or "clickbait".

    And since BuzzFeed now has appeared multiple times here, I highly suspect Slashdot is now nothing more than a husk, put on by the likes of BuzzFeed, to disguise themselves, when raping your brain yet another time.

    Complete, total, and utter psychopathic insanity.
    Everyone involved should be expelled to Siberia or Arizona and shot on the first attempt of re-entering the human world! Including me and you due to having been tainted.

    • Twiter is useful (Score:4, Insightful)

      by SuperKendall ( 25149 ) on Sunday March 11, 2018 @11:56AM (#56242725)

      I agree with you about BuzzFeed but Twitter still has practical use. I still get useful links and other information daily from the various people I follow - all of it technical, as I try not to follow anyone overtly political, and much more concise than Facebook could ever be.

      Twitter, like any other tool, is useful if you use it correctly....

  • Many users on twitters do automated Re-tweeting based on specific hash tags. If they give proper credit to the original tweeter will it still be considered spam? How do they define the boundary?
  • If Twitter realized that retweets are stupid they should just remove the feature instead of penalizing people who use it.

  • Stealing tweets (Score:4, Informative)

    by JustAnotherOldGuy ( 4145623 ) on Sunday March 11, 2018 @03:49PM (#56243717)

    I confess I didn't even know that "stealing tweets" was a thing. O Brave New World...

    Alrighty then, I guess I'll go yell at some kids to get off my lawn after Matlock is over.

    • I confess I didn't even know that "stealing tweets" was a thing. O Brave New World...

      Alrighty then, I guess I'll go yell at some kids to get off my lawn after Matlock is over.

      Matlock?

      Is that one of those newfangled theater performances in a box?

  • by bn-7bc ( 909819 )
    Mr Musk ks not rhe leader in AI so he wants regulations and calls it worse thsn nukes. OK, aai have my doubts about that but he probably knows way more thsn me about the subject so who knows hemight be genuinly concerned for non buisness reasons

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