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When Bots Attack: Someone bought my Twitter account 10K fake/bot followers ...
Someone bought my Twitter account 10K fake/bot followers, and here’s what I learned about Twitter’s spam detection tools
Geoff Goldberg conducts a deep-dive into his Twitter account to identify how he was able to amass 10,000 fake/bot followers. He learns about tools to identify fake followers on a Twitter account and asks the question "How can we ensure that Twitter takes a more proactive approach to policing their ecosystem moving forward?"
Why is this important?
When social proof on Twitter is defined by the number of non-bot followers and retweets that you have, what happens when an anonymous actor suddenly inflates your number of bot-based followers? This is the question that Geoff Golberg explores when his Twitter account suddenly increases by 10,000 fake / bot followers.