Newsletter: Twitter Bans Accounts Accused Of Stealing & ‘Siri’ Perfect or Obsolete?

Newsletter: Twitter Bans Accounts Accused Of Stealing & ‘Siri’ Perfect or Obsolete?

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“There is a huge need and a huge opportunity to get everyone in the world connected, to give everyone a voice and to help transform society for the future. The scale of the technology and infrastructure that must be built is unprecedented, and we believe this is the most important problem we can focus on.” ~ Mark Zuckerberg

THE BATTLE WITH TWEETDECKERS CONTINUES….

THE STORY

Several popular accounts were banned by Twitter for stealing tweets.

WHAT IS TWEETDECKING?

TweetDecking is a practice of selling retweets, which is followed by mostly teens and people in their twenty for making money. It is named so as people involved in the activity create secret Tweetdeck groups often called “decks”. Getting an invite to join the group has a condition that a person should have a follower count in the tens of thousands. The massive number of retweets of a certain post can boost the virality of the specific post.

There are several accounts following the practice such as @GirlPosts, Common White Girl/@commonwhitegiri, @SoDamnTrue, @memeprovider and more. These accounts are very popular with a huge number of following.

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WHAT IS TWITTER DOING TO COMBAT THE SITUATION?

According to Twitter’s spam policy, following tweetdecking is a clear violation of the policies. Under the Twitter’s spam policy, a user is not allowed to “sell, purchase, or attempt to artificially inflate account interactions.”

This is not the first time when Twitter is working on getting rid of these accounts. Earlier in January when this practice first surfaced, Twitter announced new rules to combat it. Twitter removed the ability to retweet a tweet across multiple accounts concurrently.

Still, Tweetdecking continued as people who were involved in this, found another way to do it. As they were not able to mass tweet, they chose analog methods, they started manually DM’ing requests for an “RT 4 RT.”

So, finally, Twitter has taken this ruthless step of banning the accounts indulged in the activity. Some of them are @SoDamnTrue, Girl Code/@reiatabie,  @teenagernotes, @Dory, @GirlPosts, @finah, and more. This seems to be the most prodigious step taken by Twitter.

See Also: How To Block/Unblock Someone On Twitter

According to Twitter’s rules, violating the spam policy can lead to permanent suspension. Who knows that whether these suspensions are permanent or temporary.


SIRI GOING TOWARDS PERFECTION OR MISGUIDANCE

THE STORY

Siri is not doing that great it was supposed to do.

WHAT IS WRONG?

With the recent encounters, it is proved that Siri is not that good an assistant as one might presume. The owners of HomePod reportedly regret buying the smart speaker because of Siri. Siri is behind its rivals Google and Amazon. It is very surprising that Siri couldn’t even handle a simple voice recognition without a fumble.

Apple is one of the biggest fishes in the smart devices market and has a team of engineers who are working to make Siri better. Have you ever wondered why it never happened? Why is Siri not the most intelligent digital assistant?

WHAT WAS THE VISION OF SIRI PRE-APPLE?

According to the previous owner of Siri, Norman Winarsky, Apple is obsessed to get it all for Siri which has made it fail miserably. Apple wants Siri to excel at many things, which doesn’t allow to focus on important parts.

Pre-Apple, Winarsky said, “Siri was intended to launch specifically as a travel and entertainment concierge. Were you to arrive at an airport to discover a canceled flight, for example, Siri would already be searching for an alternate route home by the time you pulled your phone from your pocket—and if none was available, would have a hotel room ready to book. It would have a smaller remit, but it would learn it flawlessly, and then gradually extend to related areas. Apple launched Siri as an assistant that can help you in all areas of your life, a bigger challenge that will inevitably take longer to perfect. These are hard problems and when you’re a company dealing with up to a billion people, the problems get harder yet. They’re probably looking for a level of perfection they can’t get.”

WHAT COULD BE THE REASON OF FAILURE?

Apple is doing all it can to lead Siri to perfection. But something is making things go in the wrong direction. One of the most probable reasons for not becoming Siri a better digital assistant is said to be Apple’s obsession with keeping user data private and not storing to the cloud.

Apple executive Greg Joswiak told Fast Company last year, “I think it is a false narrative. It’s true that we like to keep the data as optimized as possible, that’s certainly something that I think a lot of users have come to expect, and they know that we’re treating their privacy may be different than some others are.”

Srishti Sisodia is a technical content journalist at Systweak Software. Apart from being a capable engineer, her affinity for inscription draws her towards writing interesting content about contemporary technologies and progressions. She is an avid reader and a fare connoisseur. She relishes different cuisines and when it comes to baking, she takes the cake!

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