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Twitter binds developers to new rules to curb abuse

Twitter has launched new, tougher rules for application developers who want to access site data and remove more applications that violate their code of conduct. These rules are part of the ongoing effort to improve and develop a conversation on the site and eliminate spam.

The Twitter platform provides some companies, developers, and users with access to public data through APIs, programs that request and provide information.

As of last Tuesday, all access requests are subject to reviews to determine how developers use this information. Twitter will also conduct compliance testing as part of the new registration process, and new rules will help to block unwanted and low-quality applications.

From April to June this year, Twitter deleted more than 143,000 applications that violated its policies that prohibit developers from using software application interfaces to automate spam, abuse, or privacy.


The move is part of a major reform process currently underway in Twitter, where the company announced earlier this month that it had changed the way in which the number of followers was calculated and accordingly some phantom accounts were deleted from the list of followers. According to the Washington Post, Recently, more than 70 million fake accounts have been deleted, with the official Twitter account losing more than 7 million followers or nearly 10 percent of its follow-up.

 Thoughtful movements separate the good from the abuser

Automated accounts play a central and positive role on Twitter, where developers also use the software interface to create all kinds of tools like Nuzzel, an application that displays the news of people you follow on Twitter.

There are thousands of other useful or non-abusive applications on Twitter, but Twitter also suffers from automated misuse and abuse of Twitter tools to break its own policies. Twitter applications that send spam directly were created, which helped implement campaigns that promote misleading information and help governments that monitor online. Twitter is now tightening these applications as part of a broader effort to make the platform more transparent and clear
In addition to removing potentially problematic applications, Twitter has announced new policies to prevent abusers from accessing APIs in the first place. The company will now ask all developers interested in creating traffic applications through the application process to check the usage areas and ensure that they comply with the site policies launched in November to access premium software interfaces. Twitter says all developers will be notified 90 days ago Of the implementation of this condition.

The Twitter platform also imposes new restrictions on developers whose applications are accepted. For example, a single developer account can currently register only 10 applications by default and must submit a request to allow it to create more. To limit the ability of offending parties to create unwanted content on Twitter, the company also limits the volume of automated interaction. For example, applications will be limited to Twitter and rewind 300 times every 3 hours, although more can be done.

 A new tool that enables users to report malicious apps

In addition, Twitter has launched a new tool that enables users to report malicious applications that produce spam, violate user privacy, or misuse the software application interface.

The new limits expand according to the rules introduced by the Twitter platform in February to reduce spam and annoying tactics such as those used in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election, as well as the establishment of Russian advertising companies networks of bots to artificially inflate political messages.

The changes are part of Twitter's efforts to avoid the public scandal that hit its biggest competitor Facebook because of an external developer. Apple has also changed its application store rules to determine how developers can use information about friends of iPhones and other contacts.

The Facebook platform also tightened its developer policies and began investigating applications that requested access to user data in the past and has so far eliminated at least 200 of them.

Twitter and Facebook are easy for years to use developers for their platforms and create everything from non-important bots to large business applications. The idea was to facilitate the creation of an integrated system of applications to enhance user interaction with their social networks. However, social networking giants now realize how thousands of developers misuse this access for special gains at the expense of users.
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