Facepalm: Twitter has always assured people that its authentication guarantees the authenticity of the person controlling them, but the system doesn't appear to be flawed. The company admitted that it mistakenly gave a blue flag to six fake accounts a few weeks after reintroducing the public verification program.
Information scientist Conspirador Norteño (via Daily Dot) discovered that these accounts were created on July 16th. None of them created a tweet, and they have roughly the same number of followers. In addition, two of the account profiles were stored images, and the others were created using artificial intelligence.
The account's 976 followers also used photos of humans or cats on the computer in their profiles. Pictures. Among the few who tweeted, almost all of the content was Korean spam. Norteño says they were part of a botnet of at least 1,212 accounts.
These 976 accounts are part of the Astroturf bot network that includes (at least) 1212 accounts. The network is divided into followers, who follow the confirmed accounts mentioned above as well as other bot members, and other bots are followed. pic.twitter.com/wKKfC2PRX8- Conspirador Norteño (@conspirator0) July 12, 2021
Twitter told the Daily Dot in a statement. "We have permanently suspended the accounts in question and removed their verified flag under our platform and spam manipulation policy."
Although Twitter claims the checks were an accident, Alex Stamos, a former Facebook security official, offered a different view. “Maybe you have someone malicious or bribed,” he tweeted. be. “Something similar happened in IG (in which case it is being paid for by the spammers).”
ccrinkisethi You may have a malicious person or a bribe. Something similar happened in IG (in this case being paid by the spammers). random. - Alexstamos (@alexstamos) Jul 12, 2021
Twitter relaunched its public approval program in May, allowing anyone to apply for the blues. Checked for the first time since 2017. Some new criteria require that they be Accounts are 'Valid, Large and Active', none of which apply to the six currently suspended holds.
Twitter accidentally showed blue confirmation on six fake accounts