Twitter Fights Spammers In New Lawsuit, Says ‘We’ll Fight With Spammer Seriously’ (Updated)

Posted on Apr 6 2012 - 4:25am by Editorial Staff

Twitter has taken a new initiative that it will fight with Spammer seriously as the micro-blogging giant has filed suit in a San Francisco federal court against five spammers and spamming-tool creators. The company hopes that it will act “as a deterrent to other spammers, demonstrating the strength of our commitment to keep them off Twitter.”

The company is additionally now using its own link-shortening service to determine whether any links posted on Twitter lead to malware, which has already helped the company identify “hundreds of thousands of abusive accounts.” Twitter has also implemented new anti-spam techniques, designed to aggressively block those spamming with @replies.

A Twitter spokesperson also provided the publication with the following statement: “The defendants were in clear violation of the Twitter Rules… Taking legal action sends a clear message to all would-be spammers that there are serious and costly consequences to violating our Rules with their annoying and potentially malicious activity. We’ve focused on tool providers; they have willfully created tools that enable others to propagate spam on Twitter.”

Update: The lawsuit names three firms — TweetAttacksTweetAdder and TweetBuddy – and individuals from two other organisations — James Lucero (justinlover.info) and Garland Harris (troption.com).

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