Twitter Bans Kraken

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Twitter has banned Kraken’s support twitter handle for unclear reasons except “rule violations” with Kraken publicly stating:

“Sorry, guys. @TwitterSupport have permanently banned our @krakensupport account for “rules” against repeatedly warning you about the unmitigated scams in the replies. Looks like you’re on your own now.”

We suspect some misunderstanding due to Kraken being the latest victim of scammers who pretend to be legitimate entities then try to make you believe they are giving away free crypto.

In that old tradition of send me some money and I’ll send you even more money, strengthened by an army of fake retweets and fake replies saying it works, they have been infesting crypto twitter.

Indeed, the following would be utterly hilarious if it wasn’t real life and if twitter had not just shown utter incompetence by banning the legitimate entity rather than the scammers:

Scammer replying to Kraken while the crypto exchange says their support was banned because clueless twitter presumably thought they were the scammer.

Emin Gün Sirer‏, Cornell Professor, said: “These scams are getting out of hand. @jack, @twitter, if you can’t detect this kind of brazen scam, what hope do you have of improving your platform?”

Of course, as we long found out with e-mail spam, you can’t quite get rid of them. There will always be some Nigerian prince happy to send you millions if you just send him some dollars.

Presumably that sort of spam still works because they keep sending them, but e-mail providers long found out how to use algorithms to send them to a spam folder.

Twitter will probably have to do the same unless they want their comments or reply sections to become a tumbleweeds zone with spammers talking to themselves, but it seems very clear twitter is in no way prepared for any of that.

Because they are busy currently dealing with subjective “fake news,” instead of clearing up common spam and scams  by coding an easy bot that says njet if 0.1 eth = 1eth back.

 

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