Twitter has stopped a crowd-sourced effort to expose the false account posting racist messages on social networks.
The Impostor Buster bot automatically responding to the tweet posted by the fake accounts, to warn other people.
However, Twitter suspended the bot after a large number of “spam” have been filed against it, according to the New York Times.
“Impostor Buster was making Twitter work”, said the writer Kafka Rosenberg.Impersonator troll
Mr. Rosenberg had identified that the online trolls were the forging of false identity, stealing the photographs of Jews and Muslims wearing religious clothes.
The trolls are presented on Twitter religious images with the biographies as “the fight against anti-Semitism” and “the enemy of the right wing”.
However, they would join in the conversation and send messages such as “not all Nazis were bad” and “If Theresa May, evicted the UNITED kingdom Muslims, I would like to commission a statue in his honor.”
Mr. Rosenberg described the accounts as “very effective” as it would not be immediately obvious to the spectators that the profiles are fake.Imposter Buster
Work with a volunteer software developer, Mr. Rosenberg developed a bot that would reply to the tweet posted from the fake accounts.
“The use of a crowd-sourced database of impersonator accounts, carefully curated by us to avoid a false positive, the bot patrolled Twitter, and intervened every time the impostors tried to assert themselves in a discussion,” he explained.
He said that the bot had proved popular with Twitter users – but also attracted the attention of the trolls was designed to expose.
“They started to mass-reporting on Twitter for ‘harassment’,” he said.
“As well as duplicitously cast themselves as minorities, who maliciously recast our response to their continuous abuse of harassment.”Suspended
On Wednesday, Mr. Rosenberg said Twitter had banned the bot.
“The company’s justifications were both completely accurate and utterly absurd,” he wrote.
In his article, he said that the bot was banned because he posted a “high volume” of “duplication of content”. Twitter had received a “large number of complaints of spam,” Mr. Rosenberg said they had probably been presented by the online trolls.
Many people have been disappointed by the fact that the site had chosen to ban the Impostor Buster.
“Absolutely and completely outrageous,” said the journalist Yascha Mounk. “I am strongly against the censorship of social media. But if companies like Twitter continue to be this infuriatingly incompetent (or worse), the tide will turn against them in a hurry.”
Twitter has struggled to deal with harassment and abuse on the platform, and was criticized for struggling to enforce their own rules consistently.
In the month of December, extended into what is classified as hateful and malicious behavior, and said that it would apply more stringent standards.
The company has not yet responded to the BBC request for comment.