On Thursday, Twitter announced a new way to identify accounts with automated tweets offering legitimate content. The company is currently testing tags that will show users whether a particular account is considered a “good bot”.
Although Twitter is primarily focused on user interaction, there are many automated accounts that share things like news and other useful information using bots. At the same time, there are bots on the social network designed to distribute fake, spam, or useless content.
To prevent users from being deceived by such accounts, the social network will now identify “good bots” – as the company calls the new label. To determine if a Twitter account is a “good bot”, you need to look for a robot icon labeled “Automated” just above your tweet or profile. Twitter will also indicate who the developer or company is behind this bot.
The feature is currently being tested by a limited number of developers invited by Twitter, the company said. The idea, of course, is to expand this feature to more accounts in the future.