Twitter suspended this Wednesday the account of a bot for spoiling the Wordle solution the next day, the wildly popular Internet word game.
The game, which only offers one puzzle a day, has amassed millions of players since it went online last year.
But the Twitter profile @wordlinator seemed determined to spoil the fun of the participants who posted their scores on the social network.
“The referenced account was suspended for violating Twitter’s rules and automation rules about sending unsolicited @mentions,” a Twitter spokesperson told the Times. AFP.
The bot account would automatically reply to accounts posting their scores in Wordle with messages like “Guess what. People don’t care about your mediocre linguistic escapades. To teach you a lesson, tomorrow’s word is…”, followed by the actual response the next day.
The person behind the @wordlinator account likely found the next winning words just by looking at the source code of the Wordle web page.
“What kind of sick and twisted person do you have to be to hate the sight of people enjoying a harmless activity so much as to hack Wordle?”, a player asked on Twitter on Tuesday.
Twitter said it does not tolerate its platform being used to harass other users.
Their policy also states that sending unsolicited, aggressive, or bulk mentions, replies, or direct messages warrants suspension from the platform or deletion of the account in question.
Even if Wordle gives players six chances to guess a five-letter word, With no mobile app and only available in a web browser, the game has quickly caught on, in part thanks to the ability for users to share their scores in green, yellow, and gray grids on social media.
Part of what makes Wordle special is that it doesn’t cost anything to play, and what’s even more unusual is that it’s ad-free. Its designer, Josh Wardle, a software engineer based in Brooklyn but originally from Wales, has decided not to monetize the game.
“I think people appreciate that there is this thing online that is just fun,” Wardle told The New York Times. “It’s not trying to do anything shady with your data or your eyeballs.”
(With information from AFP)
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