I am programming a Twitter post to post once a day pre-written tweets. I currently don't know how to prevent it from posting on Shabbat. Is a twitter bot posting on Shabbat permitted?

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    Also turn all your clocks of on Shabbos – Dr. Shmuel May 29 at 7:37
  • Please explain why you think it should be a problem.. – Danny Schoemann May 29 at 8:33
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    This appears to be a duplicate of judaism.stackexchange.com/q/34945/170 – msh210 May 29 at 12:47
  • @DannySchoemann perhaps it would matter to some if this was for business to drive sales over shabbos. May need more details about what the purpose of the twitter bot is. See this post: judaism.stackexchange.com/a/67229/19100 – Mordechai May 29 at 16:59
  • The bot is to post a verse from Pirkei Avot every day. It is not for any business or donation purposes. – M. Yisrael May 30 at 3:19

See this article by R. Gil Student which discusses this and other related issues.

Possible problems involve:

  • Using a timer to perform work on shabbat
  • Marit ayin - giving the appearance of doing work on shabbat
  • Running a business on shabbat (where applicable)

However, to quote his tentative conclusion:

My initial reaction is that scheduling blog posts, Tweets, e-mails, etc. should only be done if it is for personal rather than business use and should include a disclaimer stating that it was scheduled before Shabbos.

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