Twitter can frown at bots but not all, bots will need labels now to be allows to sail. The social media company announced in its latest rules that bot accounts that don’t want to risk getting thrown out of its platform must comply with the new rule.
Twitter made the change as part of the company’s updated developer policy, which spells out a new policy for accounts that want to use Twitter’s developer tools to post automatically.
With the news rule in place, developers must “clearly indicate,” if an account is a bot account and the identity of the person running the account must be made very clear. According to Twitter, the aim is to make it “easier for everyone on Twitter to know what’s a bot – and what’s not.”
The issue of bots on Twitter has been of serious concern for the tech comapny for a long while now. The automated accounts are usually used to spread spam and are favored tools of trolls looking to manipulate conversations or harass other social media users on Twitter.
That’s the major reason why the company started cracking down on bots accounts in 2018.
Twitter’s more creative users have also come up with dozens of harmless, often useful, bots. For example, automated accounts that post every time the San Francisco Bay Area experiences an earthquake (@earthquakeSF) or tweet hourly reminders to drink water, walk outside, and perform other small acts of self care (@tinycarebot).
When Twitter first started its hunt against the “bad” bots, most people were more concerned that many of the “good” bots could get swept up in the change. That is why Twitter new policy explains rules to help all those well-intentioned bots to stay on Twitter.