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Readers of the Linux section on popular Web 2.0 social networking site Reddit discovered a Twitter bot was tweeting stories listed on the site without attribution. As punishment Redditers decided to turn the bot into their puppet, mouthing whatever they commanded.
Linux readers discovered this weekend that a Twitter bot, using the Twitter name Linuxalive was simply trawling the Linux subreddit and tweeting stories as they appeared on the front page.
This was first pointed out by user “aperson” and repeated across various other topics.
Some discussion ensued about whether this was acceptable or not. On the one hand, some argued, that’s the nature of content aggregation and RSS scraping and happens throughout the Internet. Plus, others noted, there are bots reposting or tweeting Reddit content already.
Yet, not all felt it was so innocent particularly because while other bots do exist, they had the courtesy to include a link back to Reddit in their tweets or postings. Linuxalive, by contrast, does not do so. Although it is pulling its stories from Reddit it links directly to the linked-to story and bypassing Reddit entirely.