As expansive as human beings are known to be, much of their success depends upon how well they segregate right from wrong. It sounds like one simple task, and yet history tells us that we haven’t quite always done a flawless job here. This has resulted in many lost opportunities, therefore prompting us to create a more guided structure. We’ll make one with the help of several tools, but a particular tool that will literally take over the entire process would be technology. You see, while technology was initially supposed to act as nothing more than a guide, its generational capabilities ended up putting-together a reality where it was transforming each and every area within our spectrum. Such a dynamic changed the whole conversation around nit-picking right from wrong, as the world was now also invested in scaling up those right picks. However, an improved focus on bolstering our prospects was never going to eliminate the flipside altogether. It will show up bearing different disguises. In fact, having technological powers onboard would only allow it to deliver more scathing blows over time. Fortunately, though, Twitter’s latest announcement does a lot to trigger some much-needed shift in the air.
Twitter has officially launched specific labels to identify the role of various bots on the platform. The company started testing the feature last fall. At that time, Twitter had explained its intention by talking about how there is a notable distinction between bots and good bots. For instance, some automated account holders are actually using these bots to share critical information like COVID-19 updates, earthquake alerts, bills being introduced in Congress, and more. Hence, with relevant information about the account’s nature, Twitter hopes that it can encourage a more productive engagement on the users’ part, and make a consequential cut back around tweet spam and myriad of other annoyances created by the bad bots. Following the recent launch, the platform users can expect to see essential details, including what’s the purpose of the account, and who is really operating it, thus giving them a fair shot at reaching a well-informed decision. As of now, the option to add labels remains an opt-in feature, which also means Twitter doesn’t plan on auditing the accounts that eventually sign-up for it.
“All accounts on Twitter are subject to the Twitter Rules,” a Twitter spokesperson said. “As the label is opt-in only, we will not be auditing accounts that choose to adopt it at this time and will rely on our reporting process should an account violate the rules.”