SAN FRANCISCO, California (The Adobo Chronicles, San Francisco Bureau) – Twitter account holders will soon have to say goodbye to their ‘retweets’ following a new bold move by the San Francisco-based social networking giant.
First, Twitter suspended a network of suspected Twitter bots on Thursday that pushed pro-Saudi Arabia talking points about the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the past week. It said the bots violated Twitter’s community standards regarding spam.
Twitter became aware of some of the bots on Thursday when NBC News presented the company with a spreadsheet of hundreds of accounts that tweeted and retweeted the same pro-Saudi government tweets at the same time.
Today, however, Twitter announced it was totally banning retweets on its platform.
’Retweets help spread misinformation and contribute immensely to spamming,’ a spokesperson said.
”Rather than spending a lot of time policing our network and investigating reports of community standard violations, we decided to ban retweets altogether. It makes our job easier. It’s also the fairest thing to do,” he added.
Remember those famous song lyrics, ‘Kiss today goodbye?’ Well, you can now kiss retweets goodbye.