Twitter have designed a genius plan to help reduce the number of cryptocurrency scams circulating the Twitter sphere. Well, we say genius but actually, we can’t help but question who came up with this idea…
According to reports, Twitter is disabling any Twitter accounts that are unverified and use the display name ‘Elon Musk’.
Okay, so the motivation behind this is simple, lots of fake scam accounts and bots use the name Elon Musk stating that they are doing big Bitcoin/Ethereum giveaways, people fall for the trap because they think it’s THE Elon Musk, so, by simply banning any account that isn’t Elon Musk from using the name Elon Musk, Twitter have cracked the case.
Well sort of anyway, this actually only targets bots because once an account has been linked to a verified mobile number, the user is able to use the Elon Musk name once again should they so wish too, though I’m not sure why you’d want to?
According to The Next Web, a spokesperson from Twitter has commented on their latest attempt to clean up the crypto-sphere on Twitter, stating that:
“As part of our continuing efforts to combat spam and malicious activity on our service, we’re testing new measures to challenge accounts that use terms commonly associated with spam campaigns. We are continually refining these detections based on changes in spammy activity.”
You can see the full article for yourself, here.
There is something more important that we need to consider here. This almost seems like a trial and an attempt on Twitters behalf to redefine their approach towards cryptocurrency. In line with loosening rules from Facebook and Google, are Twitter now about to, lighten up so to speak?
By targeting the bots and the problem accounts, Twitter can allow cryptocurrency to flourish within their platform, a concept that is very important considering the rate of growth within the cryptocurrency adoption camp. Perhaps they are now starting to realise that censorship isn’t really the way forward and that they need to be more proactive in their attempts to make the Twitter-sphere a safer place?
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