Twitter said in a blog on Thursday that Twitter plans to create a new type of account for robots next year to identify it as an automated program.

the company Said bot accounts “can bring a lot of value to the service”, but also admit that “if it is not clear whether these accounts are automated, it will confuse people.”

Twitter has faced years of calls from misinformation researchers to disclose more information about the robot, which has been used to expand influence operations and make certain narratives on its website more popular.

It began to require developers to identify automated accounts as bots in March, but refused to apply pressure on designated tags. It was not until May that “calling for the use of bot tags did not capture the problem we were trying to solve.”

Twitter also said on Thursday that it will create a new “memo account” for the deceased in 2021.

Misuse of these accounts is also a feature of the information movement, such as a case recorded by scholar Marc Owen Jones last year, which involved a verified account of an American meteorologist who died of cancer in 2016 , Two years after the account began to post the contents of the Saudi government on Twitter in Arabic.

Twitter announced last month that it will be challenged after suspending submissions in 2017 because of how the company awarded the blue check mark badge to verify the identity of prominent accounts, so it was announced last month that it would reopen early next year. Start its verification process.

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It stated that it will begin to remove verified badges from inactive and incomplete accounts that do not comply with the new guidelines from January 20, 2021, although it will leave behind the inactivity of those who no longer live while using the new memorial feature account.

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