Twitter Updates the Policy Developer to Identify Bots #Article

Twitter Updates the Policy Developer to Identify Bots #Article

Twitter has taken measures to avoid the abuse of its site by political activists and in this case the greatest cause of concern for Twitter is bots.

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

Even though Twitter made headlines to ban political advertising on the site, bots still remain a technology problem to solve. The new update may therefore be important in this regard.

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

Twitter states:

"Not all bots are bad. In addition, high-quality bots can improve people's experience on Twitter. Our new policy requires developers to explicitly indicate (in 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 isn't."

Twitter recently revealed it's considering tagging bot accounts to give users a better picture of what or who is communicating with them.

Bots have to be developed on a framework that needs to be compatible with Twitter's developer API and bot developers are under pressure to adhere to guidelines or risk losing access. If Twitter will impose sanctions it could provide more accountability for bots and drive out people who try to exploit their site.

This is an environment that required intervention from Twitter and while the move may not be big it still helps to lessen the bots ' effect.

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

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