The updated automation rules now state:
Sending automated Direct Messages to users
You may not send unsolicited Direct Messages in a bulk or automated manner, and should be thoughtful about the frequency with which you contact users via Direct Message.
You may send automated Direct Messages to users so long as:
the recipient(s) have requested (i.e. opted in) to be contacted by you via Direct Message or have clearly indicated an intent to be contacted in advance; and
you provide a clear and easy way for such users to opt-out of receiving automated Direct Messages, and promptly honor all such opt-out requests.
The fact that a user is technically able to receive a Direct Message from you (e.g. because the user follows you, has enabled the ability to receive Direct Messages from any account, or because the user is in a pre-existing Direct Message conversation with you) does not necessarily mean they have requested or expect to receive automated Direct Messages from you.
There are many applications that provide this exact feature - automatically sending a welcome direct message to new followers. Am I right to expect that that feature will soon disappear from those applications?
And, for example, a feature that looks like this is clearly and obviously against the new automation rules, right?:
Just want to make sure I understand it correctly.