Proactively purging the possibility of misuse, Twitter will stop mass actions on TweetDeck such as mass liking, follows or retweets in order to arrest the spread of political propaganda through Twitter bots.
Now if you’re thinking Third Party Developers shall be exempt from it, you’re wrong because Twitter won’t just stop mass actions on TweetDeck, but are going after everyone. So from March 23 onwards, identical and nearly matching tweets will not go through and can be considered ‘banned’.
Twitter explains that putting a stop to mass actions on TweetDeck and third-party developers is “an important step in ensuring we stay ahead of malicious activity targeting the crucial conversations taking place on Twitter — including elections in the United States and around the world.” per The Verge.
Facebook too has been in the line of fire for months now for allowing Russian trolls and bots to run sponsored posts, ads and other propaganda material that severely influenced the United States Presidential Elections.
“These changes are an important step in ensuring we stay ahead of malicious activity targeting the crucial conversations taking place on Twitter — including elections in the United States and around the world,” writes Twitter’s Yoel Roth in a blog post that comprehensively explains these changes.
Twitter urges its users to no not allow the simultaneous posting of identical or substantially similar content to multiple accounts. “ For example, your service should not permit a user to select several accounts they control from which to publish a given Tweet.” Yoel Roth writes further.
The microblogging platform has published a meticulous and elaborate set of instructions on the Twitter Developer blog and you can read them here.
Among the exceptions that Twitter has allowed are, weather updates, emergency reports and other public service announcements. These type of Tweets shall remain exempt from the new set of rules from Twitter that can hopefully have a positive impact towards stopping propaganda dissemination and spread.