Twitter slashes spam to one per cent of tweets

Spam on Twitter

Twitter has cut spam on the site to under one per cent of messages, it claimed today.

Spam and links to malware have swamped the site as it's taken off in popularity, but Twitter has responded with new security measures, such as to make URL-disguising link shortening systems safer.

In a blog post, Twitter chief scientist Abdur Chowdhury said spam could range from "insidious to annoying".

"Posting harmful links to phishing or malware sites, repeatedly posting duplicate tweets, and aggressively following and un-following accounts to attract attention are just a few examples of spam on Twitter," he explained.

Twitter Spam Graph

"While the battle will never be over, we're doing well on the front lines," he added.

Chowdhury asked users to help out by making use of spam reporting links and alerting the team via the @spam page.

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