Twitter fires lawsuits at spammers

Five of the most aggressive tool providers and spammers get both legal barrels

April 6, 2012

Spammers, they get everywhere. There’s junk mail through the post, spam phone calls, junk email, and spam posts on forums and social networks – the world has undergone something of a spam explosion in modern times.

So it’s good to see that on the social network front, Twitter is prepared to go after some of these miscreants.

The company announced on the Twitter blog that it is increasingly becoming the target of spam kings (and queens), and that it has initiated lawsuits against five of the most prolific Twitter spammers.

In the blog post, the company stated: “This morning, we filed suit in federal court in San Francisco against five of the most aggressive tool providers and spammers. With this suit, we’re going straight to the source.”

“By shutting down tool providers, we will prevent other spammers from having these services at their disposal. Further, we hope the suit acts as a deterrent to other spammers, demonstrating the strength of our commitment to keep them off Twitter.”

Twitter notes that this move goes alongside the efforts of its engineers, who are already working to combat spammers and prevent them from breaching the social network’s safeguards.

Engineers have recently introduced anti-spam filters to more aggressively target a new type of “@ mention spam”, and the firm now uses its link shortener to analyse whether a tweeted link is pointing to malware.

Naturally, the Twitter user base can help as well, by reporting spam whenever they come across it.


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