Twitter is introducing tags for bot accounts

Twitter announced the introduction of tags for automated (bot) accounts, more precisely, a function that allows accounts to be marked as bot accounts, so that people can distinguish automated accounts from accounts run by humans.

The company cited examples of “good bots”, such as orders that can help you schedule vaccinations or orders that warn of natural and other disasters.

“When you know that these accounts are automated, you better understand their purpose when you communicate with them,” the company said.

Initially, during the test phase, a small number of developers will be invited to apply tags to their accounts, and by the end of the year, the new feature will be available to all developers. For test accounts that have activated tags, the “Automated” tag will appear on the profile pages and on the tweets themselves.

Tags, however, will not be required.

The company will continue to remove non-authentic accounts that it believes violate the platform’s rules.

Bots are often associated with misinformation on the platform and pose a major problem for the company.

A Carnegie Mellon University study last year found that nearly half of the Twitter accounts that post information on the coronavirus pandemic platform are probably automated accounts.

Twitter has removed tens of millions of suspicious bot accounts in recent years.

However, Twitter believes that some automated accounts have a positive impact on the platform.

One such account, featured as a “good bot,” posts live tweets every time there is an earthquake in San Francisco.

Twitter believes that tags will increase the legitimacy of such accounts and build trust and transparency among their audiences.

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