Spammy Twitter Accounts Get Cut

There are very few rules on microblogging platform Twitter. But if you use it for unsolicited “tweets” about male enhancement products, watch out: Twitter has started to shut down accounts that it has flagged as “spam,” reported blogger Jesse Stay.

Twitter employees confirmed the new tactic in their developer forum. “We’ve been considering this issue here at Twitter HQ, and we’re planning on simply removing the accounts of users who have violated our Terms of Service, as opposed to freezing their account as we’ve done in the past,” Twitter engineer Alex Payne explained.

Previously, “frozen” Twitter accounts were not removed, but the owners could not add any other users as followers. They also weren’t notified of the freeze. Now, owners of accounts that have been flagged as spam will be alerted in advance and will have a chance to make a case for themselves. CNET News.com’s Caroline McCarthy blogs