Twitter Attempts to Shut Down Spammers, Spam Tools
By on April 6th, 2012

Everybody is tired of Twitter spam. That includes Twitter as well. With spammers increasing day-by-day on Twitter, the micro blogging service has finally decided to take tough actions against spammers by bringing down their tools which are used to send spam tweets across the network.

The micro blogging site on Thursday filed a case against spammers to a US federal court in its latest effort to stop spammers from misusing the worldwide one-to-many text messaging service. The company has sued five spammers that make spam tools in an attempt to stop spam tweets.

“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 wrote in a blog post.

Twitter Anti-Spam Lawsuit

The suit names five culprits: TweetAttacks, TweetAdder, TweetBuddy, James Lucero and Garland Harris, which are to be claimed as the biggest crooks behind the Twitter spam. The company also argues that they are the ones who fill the service with fake profiles and unwanted @ messages.

This is perhaps a good move by Twitter. By shutting down these tools, it will prevent spammers from bombarding the site with spam messages. Also, this suit will act as a warning to other spammers and prevent them from going ahead and spam the network.

According to Twitter, it is said that the site is growing at a record pace, with 140 million active users and more than 340 million text messages, or “tweets,” are sent daily. However, Twitter claims that the spam tweets are a small fraction of the “incredible” content that can be found on the site, yet it is trying to eradicate the small fraction of spam tweets in order to provide a spam-free service.

Twitter already has an algorithmic solution that helps in scanning for behavioral cues. The solution also helps in identifying those tweets that are sent by spam-bots. Earlier in January, Twitter acquired the security firm Dasient, a company that leads in the prevention of “malvertising.” For example, earlier this week, Twitter introduced new anti-spam measures within the site to identify and suspend a new type of @ mention spam. Additionally, the site now uses link shortener tool (t.co) to analyze whether a tweeted link leads to malware or malicious content. This way, Twitter can help prevent its users from visiting any malicious links.

For the time being, we will see no Viagra ads, virus-ridden links, or fake offers and discounts on gadgets. Peace.

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