Shut Up, Donny
January 24, 2017 6:13 AM   Subscribe

Shut Up, Donny
Shut Up, Donny is an open-source extension for Google Chrome that lets Twitter users auto-reply to Donald Trump with one message: delete your account.

Do you agree with the majority of Americans who think that Donald Trump should delete his Twitter account? Now you can use the power of technology to tell him so, automatically!

Shut Up, Donny connects with your Twitter account. Then it monitors the feeds of @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS, and automatically replies any time they post a new tweet. The message is always the same: "delete your account."

Shut Up, Donny requires read and write access to your Twitter account in order to function, but it will NEVER do anything other than perform its single function -- telling Donald Trump to delete his account.

And perhaps the best part is: You don't have to follow @realDonaldTrump or @POTUS to use Shut Up, Donny. Just sign in, leave it running, and let it take care of telling him to delete his account, worry-free.

Shut Up, Donny will automatically reply to any new tweets that are posted while your browser is open and the extension is connected. But the "Reply" button also lets you respond to any tweets that were posted while you were offline with a single click.

The extension can be installed via the Chrome web store at the main link above. The code is available on GitHub here.
Role: programmer
posted by ludwig_van (4 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

posted by COD at 6:37 AM on January 24, 2017

Sooo, update: this got covered on The AVClub this morning, and very shortly thereafter Twitter sent me a generic form letter about a ToS violation and restricted my write access, making the app effectively DOA.

My hunch is that some people started flagging/reporting it after they saw it on AVClub, and I certainly don't think it violates the TOS. I've appealed to Twitter, but if anybody reading this knows anyone who might have some pull there, please ping me.
posted by ludwig_van at 1:44 PM on January 24, 2017

Aw, I came in to say that I just saw this on the AV Club and felt excited to hear a MeFite was getting some Internet love. Sorry to hear that exposure might have caused you grief.
posted by veggieboy at 3:19 AM on January 25, 2017

After going back and forth with Twitter, their final word on the matter was that "unsolicited @ replies" are against the ToS. They said they won't be lifting the ban and closed the ticket. So this is dead, thanks to Twitter support.

Gonna start a new thing soon, though. Ping me if you have any ideas for small-scale software projects in the activism/trolling space!
posted by ludwig_van at 10:10 AM on January 26, 2017 [2 favorites]

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