Twitter blocks accounts for "tweetdecking"

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San Francisco: Continuing its tirade against the "tweetdeckers", Twitter has suspended several popular accounts known for stealing tweets or mass-retweeting tweets into manufactured virality.

Twitter hasn't confirmed whether or not the suspensions are permanent or commented on individual suspensions.

Apparently, stealing other people's jokes without giving their creators proper credit is just one of the offenses of some of these accounts.

In February Twitter announced that it would be cracking down on accounts that use automation or multiple accounts to boost the popularity of tweets, or steal tweets from other users. The ultimate aim of the practice is to artificially induce these posts to become viral.

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Tweetdecking is an explicit violation of Twitter's spam policy, which does not allow users to "sell, purchase, or attempt to artificially inflate account interactions".

At the moment, it is still unclear if Twitter intends to make these suspensions permanent. But it is likely that these accounts infringed the website's spam policy.

This is seemingly no longer appropriate, account to Twitter's terms of service. More than 50,000 Twitter accounts were allegedly linked to the Russian government and may have been used to influence the 2016 United States presidential elections.

The company had also made changes to Tweetdeck and its API last month in a bid to " limit the ability of users to perform coordinated actions across multiple accounts". The so-called tweetdeckers is a network of users named after TweetDeck, a Twitter-management app enabling users to post on several accounts at once.

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