Is @panopticons abusing the Terms of Service

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It seems @panopticons is retweeting peoples comments via a bot. This ordinarily would not be a problem but it screws with Tweetscan and other tools
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We're in the process of reviewing the accounts mentioned in this thread and taking appropriate action where needed. We believe that some of the actions taken by the owner of these accounts do constitute a breach of the terms.

I want to emphasize, however, that this is not a judgement about the content posted from these accounts. We do not see it as our job to adjudicate disputes about content between users. That is, we do not think we will be good or effective at determining what is harassing or offensive. Nor do we think these judgements should be left up to majority rule. We think we should provide the tools that allow users to engage or ignore as they see fit.

We believe these accounts are in violation of the terms because the cross posting of updates from multiple accounts is a way to undermine the block and unfollow functions. Twitter is a recipient-driven service and when abusers seek to negate the ability for users to choose what content they receive from other users, they degrade our service. This is the stated intent of the abuser in question in this thread.

Not all of our tools are perfect - we have improvements to make on a number of fronts. And not all of these polices are as transparent as they should be. I've started a separate thread about the policy we intend to support. It lives here.

Thanks for taking a look and helping us think about these issues.