Wordle, the word guessing game was being spoiled for users on Twitter by a bot account, Twitter has finally suspended the account
Twitter has finally suspended a bot account that was responsible for spoiling the popular online Wordle puzzle. Wordle is a word-based puzzle game where the end objective is to find the ‘Word of the day’. This particular Twitter bot with the username ‘@wordlinator’ would give out the answers to the next day’s puzzle and ruin the experience for many fans of the game.
In Wordle, a player needs to guess the word of the day in six-attempts. For every attempt, he/she can guess a five-letter word and the alphabets which are present in the original word are highlighted in green and yellow color. Green means the alphabet is present in the word and is placed at the right slot whereas yellow means that while the alphabet is present, the placement is incorrect. Players only get a single round to play every 24 hours. The game has become very popular in a short period of time and more than 300,000 players play it daily, according to New York Times.
Twitter suspends the Wordle bot
The Twitter bot that went by the name The Wordlinator appeared first on January 24. Its Twitter description read that it intended to “end Wordle bragging” and was set to automatically respond to anyone who shared their successful Wordle results (an in-game feature for players to share on social media that they have won, without any spoilers) with the next day’s spoilers effectively ruining the next game for the player.
Twitter first banned it within 20 minutes of its first appearance, but The Wordlinator resurfaced soon after and had been causing chaos among the fans. Finally, it appears that the bot’s account has been suspended for good and the account is not available anymore.
Interestingly, the bot appeared days after Robert Reichel, a software engineer, posted a blog saying he found a way to reverse-engineer the Wordle game to figure out the next day’s word. In the post he explained how he reverse-engineered it. According to a GameSpot report, the person behind The Wordlinator account possibly used the information from the blog to fish out the next day’s word.
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