Progress Twitter is a new feature that allows accounts to self-identify as bots by adding a label to the account.
The feature is designed to help people better distinguish between automated accounts — such as bots that retweet news, public service announcements, or other updates — from those run by humans.
However, the feature is not designed to help users identify “bad bots”, which are those that appear as people and often spread misinformation or spam.
The company has been thinking about labeling bots for years. In 2018, the company’s CEO, Jack Dorsey, was asked during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing if he thought users had a right to know if they were talking to a bot or a human on the platform.
Dorsey agreed that the platform should add more context to tweets, and was thinking about identifying bots, as far as possible.
However, Dorsey also noted that it may be more difficult to identify bots that used scripting to give off a human appearance, compared to those that were making use of the platform’s API.
The company last year beefed up those plans, saying it would later introduce new features that would allow users to differentiate between human-managed and bot accounts.
And when the platform launched its account verification system in May. It reminded users that it will soon offer other ways to identify different types of accounts beyond the much-anticipated blue badge – such as bot rankings.
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The platform now says that a new “bot account” tag that identifies “good bots” is available to more than 500 developer accounts. This group is testing the feature and providing feedback before it is opened more widely to all Twitter developers. Since it is still a test at this time, the label will not be required.
However, when the platform updated its developer policy last year. It asked the developers to indicate in the account or bio if the account was a bot. What is the account and who is behind it.
These account designations give developers an easier way to comply with this policy. This is instead of having to manually type this information into their CV.
Twitter said: “Based on what we’ve learned during this experience. We may decide to make tag adoption a requirement for all developers who manage bot accounts in the future. Once it becomes widely available.
The platform has no problem with those running good bots. This is because they understand how automation can allow accounts to provide information that is useful, relevant, or sometimes even interesting.
The company celebrated a few of its favorite bots when announcing developer news, including account Earthquake public service andaccount Provides updates about the Coronavirus andaccount Provides an ongoing breakdown of the last 100 bills submitted to Congress andaccount Focuses on accessibility and other automated accounts that add value in their own way.
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