Twitter Finally Embraces Bots

Twitter’s Embracing Automated Accounts

The good news is that this new label might help keep another one of those wipeouts from happening again. According to Twitter, a limited number of bot-account owners are participating in an invite-only test that will let them identify their botted accounts with the new label. In its blog post explaining the new labels, Twitter described the types of automated accounts we might be seeing early on as bots that, say, help you find a vaccine appointment, or bots that warn you when a hurricane might be nearby.

“When these accounts let you know they’re automated, you get a better understanding of their purpose when you’re interacting with them,” Twitter said. Hopefully in the future, this won’t only include “helpful” bots, but the ones that offer a weird, wonderful reprieve from the platform’s typical noxious hell.

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