Twitter Updates the Policy Developer to Identify Bots #Article


Twitter has taken steps to avoid political activists abussing its site and in this case the biggest cause of Twitter's concern is bots.

During the 2016 US Elections, an integrated Twitter bot network of 500,000 fake accounts was found to have engaged in political discussions. In 2019, Wired reported that bot profiles were dominant in political news outlets and involved almost 60 per cent of tweet activities. Furthermore, earlier this year a network of bots was discovered to spread disinformation linked to the conspiracy theories about the Australian bushfire crisis.

While Twitter made headlines to ban political ads on the web, bots still remain a problem to solve with technology. Hence, the new update can be relevant in this respect.

Twitter will update its App API rules with the new regulations for academic research, and match anonymous accounts with real identities.

Twitter declares:

"Not all bots are bad. In addition, high-quality bots can improve people's experience on Twitter. Our new policy requires developers to state explicitly (on their bio or profile page) that they are running a bot page, what the account is, and who the person behind it is, so it's easier for anyone on Twitter to know what a bot is-and what is n't."

Witter recently revealed that tagging bot accounts is considering giving users a better picture of what or who communicates with them.

Bots need to be built on a platform that is compliant with Twitter's developer API and bot developers are under pressure to obey guidelines or lose access to risk. When Twitter implements penalties it might give bots more transparency and push away people who want to manipulate their website.

This is an environment requiring Twitter intervention and while the move may not be large, it still helps to lessen the effect of the bots.

We'll have to wait and see if Twitter's using the latest update to take action against misleading bot accounts on the site.

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