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Technology Twitter bans financial scams in new policy

22:35  23 september  2019
22:35  23 september  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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Using scam tactics on Twitter to obtain money or private financial information is prohibited under this policy . You are not allowed to create accounts, post Tweets , or send Direct Messages that solicit engagement in such fraudulent schemes. Here are some other examples Twitter gave of prohibited

Using scam tactics on Twitter to obtain money or private financial information is prohibited under Who can report violations of this policy ? Anyone can report accounts or Tweets via our dedicated These reports are used in aggregate to help refine our enforcement systems and identify new and

Twitter is cracking down on financial scams.

a group of people standing in front of a window: Twitter has a new policy about financial scams. James Martin/CNET© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Twitter has a new policy about financial scams. James Martin/CNET

On Monday, the social media site unveiled a new policy that prohibits users from using "scam tactics" to get money or private financial information from others. Some of these tactics include creating fake accounts to pose as a public figure or organization, telling users you will send a larger amount of money in return for a smaller payment, offering fraudulent discounts and impersonating banks or other financial information.

a person standing in front of a window: Twitter has a new policy about financial scams. © CNET

Twitter has a new policy about financial scams.

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In a bid to prohibit financial scams on its platform, Twitter on Monday announced the expansion of its policy severe violations of which may lead to permanent suspension of accounts.

Technically, financial scams were handled through the company’s spam-reporting tool, but they weren’t specifically called out and prohibited. The policy then goes into specifics on what’s not allowed: “You are not allowed to create accounts, post Tweets , or send Direct Messages that solicit

The move illustrates how Twitter is stepping up its efforts against a persistent problem on its platform. Scammers have used the platform to masquerade as high-profile figures such as Tesla CEO Elon Musk to promote cryptocurrency scams in the past.

The policy doesn't prohibit complaints about goods, disputed refunds and claims related to sales of products.

Users can also report people who violate this policy by clicking on a gray downward error, selecting "report tweet" and selecting "it's spam or suspicious."

Depending on the severity of the scam, Twitter might lock a user's account, provide warnings about a URL, permanently bar an account or take other actions.

The policy, which was written internally on July 2019, takes effect today.

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