Since the cryptocurrency movement started gaining momentum, Twitter has been overwhelmed with bots that post fake giveaways or try to scam other users by impersonating certain famous people.
Even though the people that they imitate are mostly names of prominent people that are involved in the crypto space, as such, personalities like Elon Musk have a slew of copycat accounts, all claiming to hand out large amounts of ETH.
Twitter noticed this phenomenon and begun blocking out every single user which made an account with Elon Musk’s name. This tactic also applies to anyone that may actually have the exact same name in real life.
“As part of our continuing efforts to combat spam and malicious activity on our service, we’re testing new measures to challenge accounts that use terms commonly associated with spam campaigns. We are continually refining these detections based on changes in spammy activity,” said a spokesperson from Twitter.
The Twitter scam bot problem got so out of hand in the past months that on July 17, several notable names from the cryptocurrency community, including the Binance’s CEO and that of the Icelandic Blockchain Foundation, which signed an open letter that asked the social network to impose some measure for this issues.
They called out the platform for its hypocrisy in banning advertising crypto-related activities, while at the same time allowing the bots to run amok.
The letter read: “Twitter’s public stance on cryptocurrency and blockchain technologies is inconsistent and ambiguous. At a time when companies and individuals, even not-for-profits intent on educating individuals, are barred from advertising to interested participants via Twitter, it is not just hypocritical, but shameful that the company allows these spam bots and false accounts to exist and rampantly scam users, while spreading misinformation.”
Accounts that will be blocked will not be banned from the service completely. All they have to do to get back their accounts is to submit to an anti-bot challenge and have their phone numbers verified by the platform.
The only problem would be that these scammers will start looking for new ways of copying the names of people and dodging the platform’s measures.
For now, users are advised to be very cautious with which accounts they interact on the platform.