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Twitter's recent suspensions

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by herpburger, Aug 22, 2012.

  1. herpburger

    herpburger Newbie

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    I work for a project that is analyzing twitter's suspension practices. We have noticed some very strange things recently. Many of you seem to think controlling follow/followback churn is the most important thing in preventing suspensions but it seems the problem is much deeper than that. I can't give too many details about our practices but here is what can be said:


    • For every 100 accounts we create, about 90 will be suspended in less than 12 hours
    • Each account is created with its own IP address, email address, picture, unique description and background picture
    • Each account follows a completely different set of followers and will follow less than 50 people to start
    • Each account tweets at least one or two things without a link, offer, or other "spammy" content
    • Each account has its own location, timezone & browser signature
    • Some accounts will respond to tweets

    As of recent, 90% of our accounts get suspended. A few months ago it was down to 10% suspensions and the accounts would last a few weeks. Either Twitter has picked up on some kind of pattern, or they are simply suspending now & asking questions later. Has anyone else seen similar results?
     
  2. herpburger

    herpburger Newbie

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    Is this the wrong forum for this post?
     
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    GiftGuru Supreme Member

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    I have noticed the same results
     
  4. imserious

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    Nopes, your suspension percentage is too high.

    I am getting suspensions @ 20% with bad overused proxies.

    Are you using same URL across your accounts in the bio
    Are your proxies virgin
    Are the profile photos named differently
    Are your accounts email verified ( this is not a big factor IMHO )
    Does your tweet contain links/@mentions/@replies ( even if there is one tweet )

    Do following and pls report back your findings

    Immediately after creating accounts - follow people upto 100
    Start making tweets with a random time difference ( upto 4 or 5 hours )

    If you are still losing accounts, then the only thing wrong with your accounts are the proxies you are using.
     
  5. phatzilla

    phatzilla Supreme Member

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    You're clearly doing something wrong. Think about it, if you were doing everything right, then you would appear to be no different from a natural user. Now ask yourself how many natural users you think get banned?

    This isn't rocket science, you can work everything out with logic.
     
  6. herpburger

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    Users don't have a URL. Do you think that is a big factor in this? We considered using some kind of junk service like tumblr or flickr, maybe even pinterest but I'm not sure what we're going to do yet.


    Profile pictures are named differently.
    Accounts are verified
    Tweets don't contain links or mentions for the first round of tweets.
    We follow less than 100 when the account is created.


    Are you using off the shelf software or is everything custom?
     
  7. herpburger

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    Thanks for the insight. You're right. Maybe I should have thought of these things before asking.
     
  8. kideze

    kideze Elite Member

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    wrong section, and btw it sounds like he is a twitter employee. Who just comes on here and knows so much about twitter in there first post?
     
  9. imserious

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    I am using off the shelf software ( don't think that makes much difference )

    Using same URL across 100s of accounts does cause mass suspensions.
    Flickr and tumblr are ok if these are different URLs for each user

    Change your proxies and then try doing what you have been doing .
    check if that makes a difference.
     
  10. AndaraLee

    AndaraLee Newbie

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    don't follow 100 people when you verified your account
    when twitter suspend your account, log in to your account and click on the url they provide that why they suspend your accounts ( do simple task) and your account backs
    thats happened to me
     
  11. herpburger

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    I'll give it a shot. Thanks for the tips. I hope my findings were useful for you too.
     
  12. herpburger

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    On a few accounts we have replied. Twitter has not responded. :/
     
  13. imserious

    imserious Senior Member

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    Don't think twitter emplyees need to make posts on BHW to stop spamming - they can't stop it without banning actual users.
    People are successful on twitter coz they can manage thousands of accounts do things naturally.

     
  14. herpburger

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    I'm sure twitter employees are lurking on this forum at least.
     
  15. MrSmith

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    On a similar note; what's the market-price for automated tweet-replies to users mentioning some "@<subject>"?