Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by Tinker88, Aug 1, 2015.
Are Facebook, Twitter, instagram etc bots illegal?
Yes, it's illegal and FBI will track and hunt you down for using bots.
Depends on what you mean by 'bot'.
Yes, they are illegal. If you use one, plan on getting banned.
Depends on who you ask... no, they're not.
Yes they are illigal and that's why we do not find then in walmart
You need to make the difference between illegal and something that is against the TOS of a site.
If they don't let you in a club becouse you wanted to enter with a running shoes, does that makes the running shoes illegal?
Bots are NOT illegal.
Remember what a "bot" is - an automated system or tool that performs an action.
When you use one of any of the thousands of automated tools or services that people all over the world (or you) have built to perform an online action automatically, most of the time you are accessing the site or service in a way that is entirely in accordance with the law and with the terms of service (TOS) of the site or service. Generally speaking, most popular automation services that automate social sites (think of Hootsuite, for instance) are following the terms of service, but could technically be viewed as a "bot."
Likewise, if you used UBot Studio to perform an action on Twitter, you are probably in accordance with the Terms of Service. Even if you compiled an executable (uBot) and then used that, you are probably still in accordance with the Terms of Service, depending on how "automated" the actions were. But, actions that bots perform are sometimes against the Terms of Service of a website or service. And sometimes, as in the case of the CAN-SPAM act, some actions that an automated system performs is even illegal.
However, as with most "illegal" actions (think of speeding and jaywalking), there are many people performing them and only a limited number of times that they are actually harmful, and an even more limited number of times that they are going to be noticed by the sites or services in question, and an even more limited number of times that they are going to be pursued by the authorities.
Bottom line - Bots and automation are almost always necessary if you are going to get ahead in online marketing. How you use them completely determines whether or not they are breaking TOS or the law.
No bots are not illegal and are not covered by can-spam. CAN-SPAM covers email marketing but does not prohibit the use of bots but rather deceptive means so even a mailing bot is not illegal it is the means in which it is used.
So the question is really, is spam illegal? Well you better check local laws for your correct answer but in general, no they breach terms of service of some websites at some times, but that is a civil rather than criminal matter.
What is illegal is that beard of yours Seth, shave it off now!
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