Twitter lets you tag bots so people can tell them
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Twitter lets you tag bots so people can tell them apart from real users

In September, Twitter launched an experiment to add labels to bot accounts to make it easier for users to understand that a page is not from a real person. The experiment appears to have been successful, as Twitter said it will allow developers to add shortcuts to automated accounts starting Wednesday.

Image source: Twitter

Image source: Twitter

It’s important to understand that labels aren’t automatically assigned to bots. Shortcuts will be available for automated accounts created by developers using the Twitter API. Account holders must agree to the label being placed on their bots.

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According to Twitter, the bots are subject to the social network’s automated account policy and Twitter’s general rules. As such, the social network is not reviewing accounts that have opted in to applying the new label, although users can report accounts they believe are breaking the rules.

Twitter is also reportedly working on a label to commemorate dead people. It was supposed to come out in 2021 but isn’t available yet. Twitter declined to comment on its launch.

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