Twitter: We’re Suing Spammers And The Providers Of Their Tools.

Frequent Twitter? Glance at it once a week? Either way, you’ve no doubt seen a spam tweet (or 30), had an insane amount of spammers follow you (see Caleb’s predicament) or just been overwhelmed with reporting a ton of spammers as spam. That last point, marking people as spammers, has been a part-time job as of late for myself (and I’m sure others). Many times I felt that it was for naught; Twitter had so much other things to do and the bots were coming faster and faster. But it appears that Twitter has been listening to mounting criticisms over twitter spam and bot accounts as the company just announced on their blog that they are launching five new lawsuits against the most prolific spammers and the developers of the tools that spammers use.

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.

While this is an important step, our efforts to combat spam don’t stop here. Our engineering team continues to implement robust technical solutions that help us 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. Additionally, we now use our link shortener (t.co) to analyze whether a tweeted link leads to malware or malicious content. This helps us prevent users from visiting malicious links and helps us shut down hundreds of thousands of abusive accounts. You can help out, too, by reporting and blocking spammers you encounter on Twitter.

We are committed to fighting spam on all fronts, by continuing to grow our anti-spam team and using every tool at our disposal to shut down spammers. Today marks an important step forward.

Victory!

More: Twitter Blog

Via: @Mathewi