It was announced the other day that Twitter has banned a number of accounts that were accused of stealing other people's tweets and using some sort of sofware that I've never heard to create artificial virality, and I'm not sure if this constitutes progress.
Why should I give a shit if someone is stealing tweets? I'm not concerned with people on Twitter having their intellectual property stolen, because I don't find posting jokes on Twitter to be a valid form of entertainment. I'm also not concerned with anything bad happening to vloggers—in general.
I took a look at a list of the accounts that were banned, in an article in Buzzfeed, and I noticed that some of them were accounts that I followed. I found them to be a convenient way to keep up with memes and humorous tweets. It hadn't occurred to me that they were copying and pasting these tweets from other accounts, but in retrospect I guess it's obvious. But like I said, who gives a shit?
Aside from making my timeline—which I don't check very often anyway—somewhat less humorous, this strikes me as another example of the higher-ups at Twitter buying into the bizarre, sad mentality of people who spend their every waking moment on the site, not unlike when verified accounts went from basic fraud protection to an indication that Twitter personally approved of someone's point of view.