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Twitter's Frankensteins: The Spambots that look like people

Jason Snell | Sept. 16, 2013
Jason Snell takes a shadowy flight into the world of people... who do not exist.

And of course, the school-closure information was just wrong.

Can anything be done about this? I'd hope that Twitter would be scanning its service for hundreds of identically worded tweets, user accounts that are almost identical to other user accounts, and accounts with tweets that match other tweets. The spammer arms race will always continue, but it seems to me that Twitter needs to do a better job of fighting it.

Except for horse_ebooks. That's the one exception for Twitter spam I'll accept. If only these school-closure spammers were as entertaining as that account.

 

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