Twitter suspended a group of recently created inauthentic accounts on the platform that had achieved the blue badge that indicates that they were verified, despite using images generated by artificial intelligence and not having posts or spamming and being part of an organized network.
The technology company acknowledged an error in the verification process, resumed in May, which grants a blue badge to accounts considered of public interest, which helps to distinguish them and they give users more context on who they are having a conversation with.
The news had an impact on the world of networks because it occurs while the company consistently denies the blue badge to accounts that meet all the criteria to be verified. And users do not understand the reasons.
This error materialized in the granting of the blue badge to six unauthentic accounts, that is to say, false, created on June 16 that they had not published any tweets and that they barely had a thousand followers each, as the user and data scientist Conspirador Norteño announced on Monday. And it’s funny, because it happens in a context where thousands of users complain because, despite applying for verification, Twitter rejects them.
This user carried out an analysis of the accounts on his Twitter profile, where he explains that only two of the six accounts have a profile photograph of a person, which also appear to be stolen from the Internet – where he located them.
Meet @aykacmis, @degismece, @anlamislar, @aykacti, @kayitlii, and @donmedim, a sextet of verified accounts created on June 16, 2021. None tweeted, they have barely 1000 followers (and mostly the same followers)
Going deeper, the author details that the six accounts have 977 followers in common, and except for one, verified, the rest were created between June 19 and 20 of this year. In fact, it shows that they are part of a network of 1212 accounts of an organized group, which follow each other.
Conspirator Norteño draws attention to the use that these fake accounts make of images generated by artificial intelligence (of people, animals or anime characters), and to the fact that very few accounts of this network published tweets, being the majority of the publications “spam content in Korean“, with many links.
In a later update, this user reports that of the six verified accounts, Twitter suspended five, as the remaining one was “auto deactivatedPrecisely, the technology company confirmed to Daily Dot the suspension of the accounts and the error in the verification process.
“We mistakenly approve verification requests from a small number of inauthentic (fake) accounts. We have now permanently suspended the accounts in question and removed their verified badge, per our platform tampering policy and spam“a Twitter spokesperson shared with the aforementioned outlet.
Under the new verification policy, accounts that fall into the following categories are eligible for verification: Government; Companies, brands and organizations; News companies and journalists; Entertainment; Sports and gaming; and Activists, organizers and other influencers.
Additionally, candidate accounts must be complete, with a name and profile picture and a confirmed email address or phone number. No more need for a profile description nor with a header image, as was the case before. But do comply with the Rules of the platform.
Despite this, there were complaints on social media about a large number of rejected verifications.
In addition, measures against racist insults in football
Marcus Rashford, one of the players racially insulted on Twitter. AP Photo
Twitter is trying to regulate its platform in several ways. In addition, he and Facebook explained on Monday that they were fighting to remove racially insulting comments directed at members of the England team after a deep loss to Italy in the final of Euro 2020 on Sunday.
Both American social media giants guaranteed they were removing hateful and racist content that had already drawn condemnation from British political leaders.
“The heinous racist abuse directed at England players last night has absolutely no place on Twitter“said a spokesman for the San Francisco-based short message service.
“In the last 24 hours, through a combination of machine learning-based automation and human review, we rapidly eliminated more than 1,000 tweets and we permanently suspend multiple accounts for violating our rules, the vast majority of which we proactively detect using technology. “
The actions came after a series of offensive messages on Twitter and Instagram – owned by Facebook – directed at the players Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka.
Those three English players missed their shots in the penalty series after the tense final was over 1-1 after extra time. With their victory, Italy took from England their dream of regaining the European Cup after 55 years and won their second European Championship.
For its part, Facebook indicated in a statement that there was “quickly deleted comments and the accounts that led the offenses against England footballers last night and we will continue to take action against those who break our rules. “
“No one will solve this challenge overnight, but we are committed to keeping our community safe from abuse,” he said.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and other leaders had already expressed dismay at these comments online.