Twitter Family Tree
The Twitter Family Tree Trend
Or better said: the Twitter Family Tree SCAM.
You may or may not have heard about Affinitweet - the website that accesses API-based information from Twitter to deliver statistics and fun features to its users.
But recently, a rival of Affinitweet has surfaced on the internet, taking the spotlight with its Twitter Familly Tree Trend.
Rundyearfun website offers its users a fun way to turn their most interacted-with accounts into a Twitter Family Tree meme.
More explicitly, the family tree meme represents the following:
Parents: Top 2 accounts with the most likes from you.
Spouse: Most interacted Twitter account.
Children: Two accounts in your recent replies.
Unfortunately, this trending thread quickly became a threat.
It turns out, the Rounyearfun website was secretly accessing the accounts of their users, interacting on Twitter on their behalf. Kind of like stealing your online identity, but in secret, so you don’t know what’s going on.
After logging in to their API and giving them access to your Twitter, this allowed the scammy website to:
- See Tweets from your timeline -including protected Tweets.
- Access your Twitter profile information, account settings, and accounts you follow
- Follow and unfollow accounts for you
- Mute, block, and report accounts for you
- Update your profile and account settings
- Post and delete Tweets for you, and engage with other Tweets
After users started to realize what was going on, they quickly tried to secure their accounts and warn other Twitter users.
Twitter banned any tweet from users who were sharing from this platform.
The tweet social media platform is suspending their application every time but they always find a way to create a new one.
Currently, they've mutated into Roundyearfun.org, an upgrade to the former website.
Besides the Twitter Family Tree, they now offer games like:
- Who is your Twitter Crush?
- Who Visits Your Twitter Profile?
- Love Calculator
And other unworthy scams that don’t deserve mentioning.
All in all, be careful what sites and apps you give access to as a third party in your tango.