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A bot that tried to spoil the fun of Wordle users has been banned by Twitter.

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Twitter launches bot that revealed Wordle’s next words: NPR

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A bot that tried to spoil the fun of Wordle users has been banned by Twitter.

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Twitter suspended a bot account that waged a brief and unwelcome war against Wordle aficionados.

the @wordlinator bot account was designed to launch a dismissive response to anyone posting its now familiar green, white and yellow score on daily play. The bot also revealed the next day’s response.

The bot automatically sent replies to Wordle readers such as “Guess what. People don’t care about your lackluster language escapades. To teach you a lesson, tomorrow’s word is…”

While hardcore Wordle fans might find the bot’s behavior detestable, Twitter suspended the bot because it went against its rules of authenticity. The platform prohibits accounts “from sending bulk, aggressive, high-volume unsolicited responses.”

“The referenced account has been suspended for violating the Twitter rules and the Automation Rules around sending unsolicited @mentions,” a Twitter spokesperson told NPR.

The spoiler bot caused a stir among Wordle fans, as advice spread quickly that anyone wishing to avoid seeing a spoiler post containing tomorrow’s answer should block the account.

The rogue Twitter account was able to expose the forthcoming response because much of Wordle’s inner workings are available for inspection through code on its “client side” – meaning it’s visible to users, rather than hidden. be hidden in a web server.

Spoiler alert: As software engineer Robert Reichel explained earlier this month, it’s not hard to find Wordle’s master word list and the algorithm it uses to select each day’s answer.

But, of course, reading the word list to gain an advantage in the game would be cheating. As NPR’s Linda Holmes notes, your Wordle strategy says a lot about how you view the world.



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