Twitter, one of the most popular social media platforms in the world, continues to get a bad mark when it comes to daily spam, bots, and other forms of fake accounts. Despite all of the attention that the platform has been getting due to the attempted purchase by Elon Musk that ended with the Billionaire walking away from the deal due to these issues, things haven’t gotten any better. If anything, things have gotten worse.
It has gotten to the point that close to half of my colleagues have decided to close (or “deactivate”) their Twitter accounts. All due to the fact that it just wasn’t worth the constant bombardment of spam they would get within their notification screen.
Of course, they could have just turned off notifications, but they used these to stay on top of everything else going on in the world as well as updates from friends and colleagues. It’s easier to get interesting updates via notifications as daily suggestions of things to check out.
However, if half of these notifications are now coming from fake spam/bot accounts, it becomes more of an annoyance than a tool.
Taking a look at the header image above, you can see multiple screenshots of some of these notifications. Believe it or not, these were taken from just one of my colleagues over the course of just 5 days. None of these notifications come from anyone they follow on Twitter. Instead, these are “suggestions” made by Twitter based on topics/categories that this person follows.
Categories like video games, technology, anime, sci-fi, animation, comics, and other options. All of these topics are apparently packed full of all sorts of bots posing as fake females looking to get lucky (or 100% more likely to phish or scam anyone who is unwise enough to respond).
It doesn’t matter if the user is a child or a grown adult. They are littered with this spam within their notification screen each day. Some notifications include images that are quite inappropriate for younger eyes.
The colleague that provided all of these screenshots was one of the many that walked away from Twitter over the last few weeks here. I, myself, am also a part of that list. I had an account that has been open since college, but I just closed it out due to these reasons (as well as to take the same stand and support my friends and co-workers).
Maybe it is time that “the people” find a new social platform to replace Twitter with. That, and one of my colleagues said “napalm”. As napalm always works to get someone’s attention. NOTE: This comment was in humor and was directed at the spammers, not Twitter. Please don’t toss sticky fire on Twitter. We are all better than that.
However, if someone gets scammed by one of these bots, feel free to share the experience online and say that was “Sponsored by Twitter” since the company clearly doesn’t seem to mind these bots running rampant. I can only imagine what the total percentage of bots to users is on the platform.