Dec 28, 2017

Troll alert tool banned by Twitter

Twitter has shut down a crowd-sourced effort to expose fake accounts posting racist messages on the social network. Twitter suspended the bot after a large number of "Spam complaints" were filed against it, according to the New York Times. The trolls presented themselves on Twitter as religious figures with biographies such as "Fighting anti-Semitism" and "Enemy of the right wing". "Using a crowd-sourced database of impersonator accounts, carefully curated by us to avoid any false positives, the bot patrolled Twitter and interjected whenever impostors tried to insinuate themselves into a discussion," he explained. On Wednesday, Mr Rosenberg said Twitter had banned the bot.

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