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This article was published on May 20, 2021

Twitter will start labeling ‘useful’ bot accounts from July

Your friendly neighbourhood weather bot gets a new label

Twitter will start labeling ‘useful’ bot accounts from July
Ivan Mehta
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Ivan Mehta

Ivan covers Big Tech, India, policy, AI, security, platforms, and apps for TNW. That's one heck of a mixed bag. He likes to say "Bleh." Ivan covers Big Tech, India, policy, AI, security, platforms, and apps for TNW. That's one heck of a mixed bag. He likes to say "Bleh."

Twitter‘s rolling out its new verification process starting today. Apart from this, the company also shared that it’s planning to introduce a new label for a special type of accounts: bots.

The social network has a ton of bots that tweet out information or colorize your black and white photos. The company said that it wants to mark some of these useful and non-harmful automated accounts with a label. The profile of these accounts will look something like this:

How Twitter will mark profiles of automated accounts with a special label.

The label shows the owner or the maker of the account as well. Tweets from these accounts will also have a special mark when they’ll show up on your timeline.

Examples of bots that’ll get these labels are bots that help you find vaccines or warn you about seismic activity in your area.

The company didn’t say if owners of these bot accounts will be able to apply for this label. We’ve reached out to the firm for a comment, and we’ll update this story if we hear back.

Twitter said that automated account labels will roll out for selected accounts starting this July. The company added that it’s working on a label to memorialize accounts to remember folks who have passed away. Plus, it’s also thinking about how to clearly mark humor and satire accounts.

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