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Twitter Wants Users To Fight Spam As Well

In an attempt to curtail the increasing amount of spam floating through its platform, Twitter has come up with a new feature that encourages its users to notify it about the accounts of suspected spammers.

The new feature called “Report as Spam” essentially is designed to allow the users of the leading microblogging platform to report profiles that they suspect of spamming; Twitter promises to actively investigate the reported accounts as soon as possible.

In addition, once an account has been reported as spam by a user, the spammer’s profile will not be able to follow or reply to the complainant and thus saving the user from further spamming from the said account.

However, Twitter has factored in the possibility of the feature being misused for victimising people and hence it will not take any automated action even after a profile has been labelled as spam.

Explaining the rationale behind unveiling the new feature, a company representative in a blog post mentioned "Folks can now help us conquer spam by calling our attention to a profile they find questionable, Click the 'Report as spam' button under the Actions section of a profile's sidebar and our Trust and Safety team will check it out to see what needs to be done."

Our Comments

There should be a "digg" like feature for that. A spammy account is likely to attract a number of complaints from different Twitter users and the account could be flagged and monitored. Still it is a small but important step for Twitter to eradicate the scourge of spam. Luckily Twitter has been wise enough to provide with a way for the accused to reply.

Related Links

Twitter enlists users to help fight spam

(Cnet)

Twitter Unveils 'Report as Spam' Feature

(PC Mag)

Twitter gets New 'Report Spam' Button

(Tech Tree)

Twitter launches tool for nailing spammers

(AFP)

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.

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