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Twitter sues spammers, spam tool developers

updated 09:25 pm EDT, Thu April 5, 2012

Company increasing fight against spam

Twitter has announced that it has filed a lawsuit in a San Francisco federal court against five companies that are claimed to profit from spamming operations. The suit is said to be not limited to just spammers themselves, but also the developers that have created tools that are used to spread bulk marketing messages via the social network.

"With this suit, we're going straight to the source," the company said in a statement. "By shutting down tool providers, we will prevent other spammers from having these services at their disposal."

Aside from the lawsuit, Twitter engineers are said to be continuing to create new methods to filter content and reduce spam. The company's own link shortener serves as one such feature, enabling links to be scanned for malicious content, while a new type of '@' spam is being "aggressively" filtered.

The company earlier this year acquired Dasient, a startup that specialized in anti-spam and anti-malware technology for advertising networks. The move was believed to be related to the in-feed advertising program that was launched last summer.

"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," Twitter added. "Today marks an important step forward."

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