Twitter Sues the Most Aggressive Spammers and Tool Providers

Twitter, the microblogging giant -- who now has 140 million active users and more than 340 million Tweets each day -- today, on companies official blog said that it was going to take action against a few of the biggest abusers of the service. As our reach expands, we become a more attractive target for […]

Twitter, the microblogging giant -- who now has 140 million active users and more than 340 million Tweets each day -- today, on companies official blog said that it was going to take action against a few of the biggest abusers of the service.

As our reach expands, we become a more attractive target for spammers. While spam is a small fraction of the incredible content you can find on Twitter, we know just how distracting it can be…Our engineers continue to combat spammers' efforts to circumvent our safeguards, and today we're adding another weapon to our arsenal: the law.

"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," Twitter's blog post states. "Further, we hope the suit acts as a deterrent to other spammers, demonstrating the strength of our commitment to keep them off Twitter," Twitter added.

Twitter also noted that its engineering team continues to implement robust technical solutions to proactively reduce spam. "For example, earlier this week, our engineers launched new anti-spam measures within Twitter to more aggressively suspend a new type of @ mention spam," Twitter said.

Additionally, Twitter is now using its link shortener (t.co) to analyze if a tweeted link leads to malware or malicious content. Twitter says, this would help te company to prevent users from visiting malicious links and would also help them "shut down hundreds of thousands of abusive accounts."

Twitter also calls its users to help the company to comabt spam by reporting and blocking spammers as they encounter on Twitter.