Friday, April 6, 2012

Twitter steps up fight against spam with lawsuit

USA Today reports: Social networking site Twitter says it has filed a lawsuit as part of their plan to weed out spammers.

In a post from their official blog yesterday, Twitter says the suit filed in a San Francisco federal court targets five of the most aggressive spammers and tool providers that make the practice easier.

"We're going straight to the source," reads the statement from Twitter. "By shutting down tool providers, we will prevent other spammers from having these services at their disposal."

Twitter says they've also launched additional efforts to keep users' feeds spam-free, such as new measures aimed to stop spam tied to Mentions and tweaks to their link shortener to analyze whether tweeted items are malicious.

"We are committed to fighting spam on all fronts, by continuing to grow our anti-spam team and using every tool at our disposal to shut down spammers," reads Twitter's statement. "Today marks an important step forward."

As social networks such as Twitter -- with 140 million users and counting -- and Facebook continue to grow, so does the threat of spam. Even rising sites such as Pinterest are starting to see incidents, as reported by Digital Trends.

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