Twitter has filed a lawsuit against "five of the most
aggressive tool providers and spammers" in a federal
court in San Francisco, in an effort to fight spam.
Twitter has 140 million active users and more than 340
million Tweets each day. As it reach expands, the service
becomes a more attractive target for spammers.
Twitter decided to add another weapon to its arsenal: the
law. The company on Thursday filed suit in federal court
in San Francisco against "five of the most aggressive
tool providers and spammers." Twitter said that by
shutting down tool providers, it would prevent other
spammers from having these services at their disposal.
Further, Twitter hopes that the suit will act as a
deterrent to other spammers.
Besides the legal weapons, Twitter's engineering team
continues to implement technical solutions that help the
social networking site proactively reduce spam. For
example, earlier this week, Twitter launched new
anti-spam measures within Twitter to more aggressively
suspend a new type of @ mention spam. Additionally,
Twitter is now using its link shortener (t.co) to analyze
whether a tweeted link leads to malware or malicious