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Twitter spam and scam creators are about to face a tougher time. Twitter has announced that it’s stepping up the fight against spam and scams like the iPad scam we told you about last week. Read on to find out how Twitter plans to target the spam…

Phishing scams that target Twitter users via direct message and trick them into giving up their passwords have plagued the site recently. Now Twitter has created a new service which will route all sites submitted through Twitter to a service that will apparently detect bad links and spam and remove them.

On the official Twitter blog, Twitter’s trust and safety team boss Del Harvey explained how the new system will work: “By routing all links submitted 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.”

Links will be shortened using Twitter’s own twt.tl url shortener but other than that the new Twitter spam and scam fighting machine should be invisible to ordinary users. A sudden down turn in dodgy direct messages and a reduction in tedious spam Twitter accounts will mean its working. Fingers crossed.

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  • stevie

    Thank you ? great explanation, and this has been very helpful

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