Social media platforms fight bots through automation, causing only worse problems — SnowCalmth

It’s a regular part of pretty much anyone’s life these days, social media. Most of us visit it at least once a day, if not more, far more even. 1,370 more words

via Social media platforms fight bots through automation, causing only worse problems — SnowCalmth

SnowCalmth voices this subject very well indeed.

I have both Twitter and FB accounts or rather Scrappy has a Twitter account. But despite having them, l no longer use them as l did. I had a Twitter account that had some 6000 followers, they weren’t really followers and l was aware many of those accounts were inactive equally as much as troll or bot. My own account got suspended due to ‘unusual behaviour’ which turned out to be because of ‘Retweeting’. It only lasted a few days and it was then rectified by simply adding some original text to the RT itself, and suddenly it became unique and not similiar to that of ‘bot’ behaviour.

However as SnowCalmth himself knows l closed my account down sometime in late 2016. I remember Snow’s suspension also, and l think he was out of action for nearly three weeks, a very unfair case of suspension. Twitter wants people to interact, but not RT!

These days for my sins l only use to any extent WP.

4 thoughts on “Social media platforms fight bots through automation, causing only worse problems — SnowCalmth

  1. Thank you for the reshare, Rory!

    Your Facebook and Twitter accounts always were truly awesome, and it saddens me still that you decided to close both down. However, I can also understand your choice, as should be obvious after reading that share. I would have done the same, if it wasn’t for those of my age basically being required to use Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to keep in touch with friends. I probably would have been a better young person in an age without the internet…

    And you’re right on the amount of time. I don’t remember the exact time anymore either, but do know it was along the lines of 3 weeks. That moment has made a lasting impression on me. And I am still glad for the tweets you shared to help me get the suspension lifted.

    Anyhow, once again, thank you, my dear friend!

    1. Always a pleasure my friend.

      Even Scrappy’s Twitter had an alert run up on it, and l was like ‘WTF? How could her account get flagged when all she ever did [l did] was post original content with very few RT’s.

      But my suspension, your suspension and a couple of others made me really think hard as to why l was even there. Twitter wants a community to share, interact and so on, but they have to remember the very market they have developed, not everyone ‘wants’ to add a piece of content to a Tweet, because sometimes the original tweet, manay a time in our case which were motivational/inspirational Memes were simple enough to understand in the first place and no extra words were needed.

      Twitter made a rod for their own backs and instead of simply adopting a very efficient piece of code for better policing, they shot first and didn’t ask questions later. Suspensions of the innocent were always guilty in their eyes first and foremost, whilst the real bots and trolls ran amok.

      Not on.

  2. Definitely a problem. Tumblr’s NSFW ban has many things wrong with it and that the automated system has been flagging non-adult posts incorrectly is one, and that bots with adult content are still flourishing is another! Human moderators are very much still needed to provide the clarification and nuance that bots lack.

    1. Very much so. The beauty of being human is the ability to use emotion and as such in this situation being able to seperate what is bot and what is not.

      There is a huge amount of work still to be done in this arena, that has not even been touched yet.

      Not as much as l used to be, but l am a gamer, and l have oft been falsely accused of being a bot, because l am guilty of repetitive behaviour in game. I can do something for hours without breaking the pattern, therefore my routine takes on the appearance and movement of botting. If l was left purely to the administrations of robotics, l would be under a long term ban for not being guilty, and yet when you explain certain things to a human they can easily see and understand that – but we still have leaps and bounds to go.

      I read yesterday in the paper in the Uk that come 2030, 9 million jobs will be lost to automated robotic systems which makes me both judder and shudder at the same time due to the robots inability to seperate the nuances you mention which is irreplaceable currently with humans. There may come a time in our futures when robots become more human, but until that point we still need human input and moderation.

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