Twitter takes legal action against spammers

Twitter filed suit in federal court this week against a number of spam tool providers

Anyone who tweets about current events with any regularity has undoubtedly encountered this phenomenon. Let's say you post a tweet about Steve Jobs, for example. Almost instantly, you get an at-reply from some account you've never seen before with a link to somewhere suspicious. 

Ladies and gentleman, may I introduce you to Twitter spam.

As with any platform that sees a meteoric rise in popularity, it's only a matter of time before spammers throw their hats in the ring and try and exploit the masses for financial gain and other sinister purposes.

As the relatively new kid on the block, Twitter is still busying itself trying to tackle and ultimately prevent spammers from destroying the user experience. While Twitter's previous efforts centered exclusively on engineering-based solutions, the company today announced that they are also pursuing legal avenues to fend off spammers. 

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.

That's great news.

The announcement didn't specify which tool providers and spammers were named in the suit, but we can only hope that pending legal action from an aggressive party will, as Twitter envisions, deter spammers from creating new tools in the future.

Incidentally, Twitter noted that they now use their built-in link shortener to analyze where a link leads to cut down on the number of malicious links that might otherwise spread rapidly through the Twitterverse.

And speaking of spam, Net Security reported yesterday on how government and technical efforts to rid the web of spam are yielding promising results. Specifically, approximately 94 billion spam emails, on average, were sent daily during the first quarter of 2012. That's a hefty figure, to be sure, but is quite an improvement over the 150 billion spam emails that were sent daily during the same time period a year-ago.

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