This thread is a continuation of a conversation that I started here. As Dani correctly pointed out, the discussion belonged in its own thread and should not have taken over the thread in which it started. It wasn't my intention to hijack that thread (and I apologize) but that's what happened.
you find advertising largely unethical
I find false advertising unethical. I find the other advertising merely annoying and only sometimes useful.
It’s not against the TOS or copyright rules of the library to use it in the way you are. It just wasn’t what the library was designed for.
So it's ok to use bots for unethical purposes as long as it's not what they were designed for?
Suddenly someone who is not in your industry at all, and has no programming experience, comes in and personally calls you an unethical person and a disgrace for using things not the way they were initially intended, citing their reason as because ten years ago their mother fell off a chair trying to use it as a step stool to reach a top shelf, and she permanently injured herself. And so now, anyone who publicly promotes using things not in the way they were designed is an unethical person.
For the record, finding new and useful (and ethical) ways to use things for which they were not designed is awesome. I think your example is a real stretch. If I was caught at work using a chair as a ladder I would be reprimanded. Let's take a real life example of using something for which it was not designed. Hydroxychloroquine is useful for treating malaria and lupus, but possibly fatal for treating Covid-19. This was promoted by someone with a large Twitter following. More than one analysis estimates that 60% or more of his followers are fake.
For the record, Covid-19 patients who were given this drug actually died faster.