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Twitter suspends bot account that replied to people’s Wordle posts with rude comments

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Highlights:

  • Twitter suspended “The Wordlinator,” an account that appeared to spoil the next day’s Wordle answer for players.
  • Wordle, a game where users have six attempts to guess a five-letter word, has skyrocketed in popularity.
  • Insider easily discovered a word bank containing a list of answers concealed in Wordle’s source code.

Twitter has banned @wordlinator, a bot that replied to people’s Wordle posts with rude messages that include spoilers for the next day’s game. The account’s spoilers appeared to be accurate (the key is easily accessible in the game’s code, so it’s not necessarily a surprise), which could end up ruining the game for anyone who sees them.

Wordle, the web-based word game, has taken the Internet by storm. The puzzle requires you to select the word of the day. Every day you are supposed to guess a word. To guess the words using the cues, you will get six chances. Each guess must be a valid 5-letter word. Hit the enter button to submit. After each guess, the color of the tiles will change to show how close your guess was to the word.

The account appeared to know the next day’s Wordle through reverse-engineering the game, a tactic first noted by the security software engineer Robert Reichel.

Twitter suspends bot account

While bots are permitted on Twitter, according to a 2020 blog post on its website, certain behaviors are prohibited. Bots that “undermine and disrupt the public conversation,” artificially amplify conversations, generate “false engagements,” engage in “bulk or aggressive tweeting,” and those that “use hashtags in a spammy way,” are banned, according to the platform.

In case you’re wondering how the bot creator managed to predict the next word, someone has already reverse engineered Wordle to figure out how Wordle is choosing the word of the day. According to the linked blog post, Wordle uses a client-side date-based algorithm to pick the word to use from a static wordlist. The Wordlinator’s creator presumably utilized the code shared in the blog to put together a Twitter bot.

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Needless to say, Wordle fans were not happy with the bot. Good for Wordle players, Twitter has since suspended the bot citing a violation of the company’s rules. While the bot has disappeared from Twitter, it’s possible that we may see clones of such bots in the future. If you don’t want Wordle spoilers, you’re better off blocking these bots as soon as you spot them.

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