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Posts Tagged ‘Troll’

Should Twitter Troll Face Jail Time For Tweeting Lies During An Emergency?

Hurricane Sandy’s effects are still being felt along the East Coast of the United States, with many people turning to Twitter for updates during the storm’s peak.

And despite the many good Samaritans who provided support, updates and help in 140-characters, the top Twitter news story to come out of the storm this week is probably the Twitter troll who misled thousands with his deceptive tweets.
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HOWTO: Deal With Spammers, Trolls & Automated Direct Messages On Twitter

As your follower count grows on Twitter you will exponentially be hit with more and more follows and targeted direct messages and replies from spammers, trolls and other unsavoury folk. This article will provide you with steps on how to tackle these nuisances.

HOWTO: Deal With Spammers, Trolls & Automated Direct Messages On Twitter

Spam

1. Follow @Spam

@Spam is Twitter’s anti-spam account. Spammers can be reported to @spam via direct message using the following code:

D spam @nameofspammer

You can also send multiple submissions, like this:

D spam @nameofspammer1 @nameofspammer2 @nameofspammer3

Note that this account is only for reporting spam accounts, not for trolls or people you don’t like.

2. Block Them

One of the best ways to deal with spammer accounts on Twitter is by simply blocking them. Accounts that are blocked by many users raise a red flag which will lead to an investigation and probably removal by Twitter. If you just unfollow a spammer, this does not happen. Block them. To do this, visit their profile and click on the ‘block’ link.

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