Twitter 'URL Shortener' launched to stop scams

In past, Twitter users were being victimized by phishing scams spread primarily through links in Direct Messages. Basically, people click the link and bad things happen. To counter these attacks, Twitter launched “a new URL shorten service to protect users by routing all links submitted to Twitter through this new service, we can detect, intercept, […]

In past, Twitter users were being victimized by phishing scams spread primarily through links in Direct Messages. Basically, people click the link and bad things happen. To counter these attacks, Twitter launched “a new URL shorten service to protect users by routing all links submitted to Twitter through this new service, we can detect, intercept, and prevent the spread of bad links across all of Twitter. Even if a bad link is already sent out in an email notification and somebody clicks on it, we'll be able keep that user safe. Since these attacks occur primarily on Direct Messages and email notifications about Direct Messages, this’s where we’ve focused our initial efforts. For most part, you willn’t notice this feature because it works behind the scenes but you may notice links shortened to twt.tl in Direct Messages and email notifications,” explain Del Harvey.