Twitter purges host of accounts known for stealing tweets

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The company had also made changes to Tweetdeck and its API last month in a bid to " limit the ability of users to perform coordinated actions across multiple accounts". These rules were announced just to cut down on spam and stop the spreading of propaganda.

A bunch of massively popular accounts that are known for stealing other people's viral tweets, including Common White Girl and Dory, were suspended late on Friday. Twitter has suspended quite a lot of accounts that were participating in this behavior. Many of these accounts had hundreds of thousands and even millions of followers. These all accounts have violated the company's new spam policies. These users are so named because they gather in private Tweetdeck groups to plot out their plans to manufacture virality. This behavior is against rules of Twitter.

"Spam is generally defined on Twitter as bulk or aggressive activity that attempts to manipulate or disrupt Twitter or the experience of users on Twitter to drive traffic or attention to unrelated accounts, products, services, or initiatives", the terms of Twitter say.

According to Verge, the new rules come after leaks that over 50,000 accounts linked to Russian backed organizations. This organization has been reported to influence the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election, wherein nearly 70,000 people were exposed to the Russian propaganda. However, Twitter isn't playing around any more.

It's hardly a secret Twitter has struggled in the past to ensure only verified users post original content on its platform.

At the moment, it is still unclear if Twitter intends to make these suspensions permanent.