I have a question to ask about the Automation Rules and Best Practices.
In said rules, there is the following line regarding automated tweets:
Automatically Tweeting to trending topics
Trending topics are the most Tweeted-about topics on Twitter at any moment. Posting automated Tweets to trending topics can degrade the experience for other users and is prohibited.
As I understand it, there is no rule against automated tweets that include hashtags. What I want to clarify is whether the rule means one of these:
A) Automated tweets must never tweet to trending topics under any circumstances, and apps are therefore required to use the GET endpoint for trending information to ensure no hashtags are included in a tweet at the time of posting that appears in the trending topics (I assume an app would accomplish this by querying the GET trends/place endpoint with the global parameter 1, but it isn’t clear)
B) Apps that deliberately attempt to find trending topics and tweet to them regularly will be restricted or suspended
I run an app that posts artwork with relevant hashtags on an automated basis, and essentially I’m looking to see whether tweeting something with a hashtag that just so happens to be trending at the time violates this rule or whether the rule is more of a “don’t try to tweet to trending topics to boost your followers” sort of thing.