Friday went poorly for a select group of Twitter users that have earned a reputation for their expertise at gaming the system.
The social media company moved to suspend a number of popular accounts with millions of followers between them, Buzzfeed reports. Their offense? Stealing people's tweets without credit and conspiring as a group to share tweets — their own, and those of paying customers — with the intent of forcing them to go viral.
Many of the suspended accounts — a list that includes @Dory, @GirlPosts, @SoDamnTrue, @reiatabie, @commonwhitegiri, @teenagernotes, @finah, @holyfag, and @memeprovider — are known as "tweetdeckers." These users are so named because they gather in private Tweetdeck groups to plot out their plans to manufacture virality. Read more...More about Tech, Twitter, Social Media, Tweetdeck, and Twitter Suspension