Twitter's struggle to clean up its platform is highly appreciated.
Friday went poorly for a select group of Twitter users that have earned a reputation for their expertise at gaming the system.
Twitter has made a decision to give its platform a bit of a clean up by suspending a number of accounts - some with millions of followers - known for "tweetdecking" and stealing people's tweets without credit. BuzzFeed reported that the mass suspension was just the latest effort by Twitter to crack down on the process known as "tweetdecking", in which a person gets paid to send the same tweet from multiple accounts using TweetDeck.
It has now suspended many accounts that were involved in mass-retweeting each other's posts to create artificially viral tweets, the accounts included Common White Girl and Dory and Finah. The ultimate aim of the practice is to artificially induce these posts to become viral. It's not certain that if the suspensions are permanent or not.
While there was some lament from users now forced to rebuild their following from scratch, it seems as if the majority of the Twitterverse couldn't be happier about the purge.
The aforementioned suspended accounts have violated these spam policies. Earlier this year, the company released the shocking statistics on its investigations over Russian propaganda campaign via the platform. Many of these accounts had hundreds of thousands and even millions of followers.
Twitter acts on several popular accounts that were part of "tweetdecking" groups.
Following Twitters new rules laid down last month, it looks like the company is indeed getting a lot more serious to limit tweetdeckers.