Twitter suspends Wordle-ruining bot
Twitter has banned @wordlinator, a bot that responded to Wordle messages from people with rude messages containing spoilers for the next day’s game. The account spoilers appeared to be accurate (the key is easily accessible in the game’s code, so it’s not necessarily a surprise), which could ruin the game for anyone who sees them.
For anyone who’s managed to dodge it: Wordle is a game where you’re given six chances to guess a five-letter word – if you’re interested, learn how to play it here. The answer is the same for everyone who plays, and it only changes once a day. The game also has an interesting sharing mechanism, where you can copy and paste a series of emoji to let people know how easy or difficult it was for you to guess the word of the day. If you’ve seen a lot of yellow, gray, and green squares on Twitter, they’re probably Wordle results or a joke about Wordle.
The bot was not well received by Wordle fans.
Since the game is about guessing a word, knowing what will be next can ruin the whole point. It’s also one of those things that you can hardly get out of your head – once you’ve seen what the next word is, you probably won’t be able to forget it, no matter how hard you try.
While this particular bot is gone, Twitter could become a dangerous place for people looking to post their Wordle results – the internet has already figured it out how to predict what the next word will be, and someone else could create another bot to do the same thing as Wordlinator. (If you do see a new version of the bot, it’s best to block it to prevent it from spoiling you and your followers.)
Before Wordlinator was banned, The edge reached out to Twitter to ask if it violated the platform’s rules. The company didn’t immediately reply, but at least the bot seemed to violate one of the standards set out on Twitter’s Automation Rules page. Under the word “Don’t!” it states “spam or harass users, or otherwise send them unsolicited messages”.
If you’re tired of seeing Wordle tweets and want to learn how to mute them, we’ve got a how-to for that too. I recommend going that route instead of trying to make people feel bad for enjoying things.