Over the weekend, Twitter suspended some of its most popular accounts, some of which had millions of followers, for violating rules regarding spam. Those accounts include “@Dory, @GirlPosts, @SoDamnTrue, Girl Code/@reiatabie, Common White Girl/@commonwhitegiri, @teenagernotes, @finah, @holyfag, and @memeprovider,” according to BuzzFeed.
Not coincidentally, these are also some of the worst accounts on the damn site (barring, you know, the literal Nazis). The accounts have long been known for copying and stealing tweets from other users, leveraging their already large fan bases to bury the original creators. More recently, BuzzFeed reported on a scheme known as “tweetdecking,” in which the large accounts would charge smaller users to retweet their stuff, creating an ouroboros of lowest-common-denominator viral content. @Dory, for instance, was an account that I guess tried to role-play as the amnesiac fish from Finding Nemo until they just started role-playing as a teenager for some reason?
Still, the accounts had heavy followings, for the same reason that people like the Fat Jew and @fuckjerry have large followings on Instagram: They take all of the work out of finding funny posts online by stealing them and putting them all under one account. Normies (people with fulfilling lives outside of the internet) love them.
The reason for the suspension is apparently the tweetdecking scheme (Twitter’s rules prohibit artificially inflating engagement by, for instance, selling retweets from accounts with millions of followers), though that punishment may be lifted a some point.
Until then, many of the tweetdeckers’ detractors are celebrating their comeuppance.