Friday, February 17, 2012

Sign On, Please.

Over the past six weeks I have acquired a number of unwanted Twitter followers. These followers share similar characteristics:
  • The avatar includes a provocative, well endowed women. Sometimes the avatar includes two similar women. Sometimes these two women are embracing.
  • The @handle includes and 'X' in the middle.
  • The account rarely has any followers and often hasn't tweeted.
  • The account description is often NSFW.
These accounts are pornbots.
source: change.org

When I encounter these accounts (usually multiple times daily) I curse and tag these accounts as spam. But now someone is doing something.

Tabitha Fung has started a petition at change.org. The petition asks Twitter to ban pornbots. Please be aware the request is not about bots, that's another discussion. The ban is also not about porn because that too is another discussion. The petition is to keep Twitter users (including children) from having multiple, daily, automated porn related followers. It really is that simple. So please take a moment to sign the petition and maybe even pass the petition to your friends. Thanks for your help.

8 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing. I'll definitely be signing the petition.

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  2. Oh yeah I have seen so much of that, it's quite annoying. Perhaps this petition will lower the amount of pornbots that spread thoughtout twitter, thanks for the share!

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    1. You're right Emily, the plethora of pornbots is quite annoying. Thanks for helping to send the message that it's time for no more pornbots.

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  3. Thanks for writing this, Barry, and giving us a way to deal with it.

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  4. Pat,
    The thanks actually goes to Tabitha Fung for starting the petition. I just posted about her work.

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  5. Thank you for sharing this. I've seen several times the same type of thing. Hopefully this petition will help.

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    1. Thanks RS and hopefully, the petition will help.

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