Twitter has introduced a new feature that permits users with an automated profile to label their accounts to inform the public that the version is automatic.

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Twitter has announced the introduction of an "automated" label
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Since September 1st and this week, it’s been rolled out worldwide.

Twitter says that this feature was designed to help users differentiate between good bots from those that are not as good when you browse through your feed, read comments from other users and explore the creation of new Twitter accounts.

“When these accounts let you know they’re automated, you get a better understanding of their purpose when you’re interacting with them,” Twitter announced when it started the testing phase in the year 2000.

The new function allows users with an automated account to use an “automated” label (shown below) on their profile and an account’s address that humans manage—this account. In addition, the automated brand will appear on every tweet the bot posts

Twitter has announced the introduction of an "automated" label

As we’ve said before, there are excellent and negative bots present on Twitter. They may give information about the weather or breaking news or assist when you’re first faced with an inquiry from a potential customer. They can also provide entertaining content, such as Emoji Aquarium that tweets each hour. Emoji Aquarium, which periodically tweets “a tiny aquarium with interesting fish” or helpful tips like this one, which every hour reminds users to take action to improve their health overall.

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An inefficient but pretends to be human, trying to steer conversations in a specific direction, typically to obtain commercial or political benefits. You’re not likely to see the new name on bots that look this way, and you’ll be able to tell that it’s not true.

An automated system that others may consider undesirable, but Twitter believes it is good or at the very minimum because it operates by the rules, could get the label. For instance, Elon Musk is known to be unhappy with the robot (citing security concerns), and the robot continues to automatically tweet every time it takes off and lands from his private plane (whether it’s on or off the plane.) But, Twitter seems to be content with the account and its hashtag use.

Twitter has implemented measures to take down bots not conforming to the platform’s guidelines. However, there are always new bots brought on board regularly. So it’s an ongoing battle.