Lately the spam on Twitter has been CRAZY. I’m blocking twenty or thirty spammers a day these days (more on weekends, oddly). I can’t make a random comment about American Idol (yeah, I still watch, so?) without getting a half dozen “You’re a winner!” spammy links.
But good news! Apparently, Twitter is pretty fed up too, and now the social media network is taking action by taking the worst spammers to court.
According to the Twitter blog, they have filed suit in Federal Court in San Francisco.
From the Twitter blog:
This morning, we filed suit in federal court in San Francisco against five of the most aggressive tool providers and spammers. With this suit, we’re going straight to the source. By shutting down tool providers, we will prevent other spammers from having these services at their disposal. Further, we hope the suit acts as a deterrent to other spammers, demonstrating the strength of our commitment to keep them off Twitter.
Instead of going after the spammers themselves, Twitter is pursuing the creators of the tools that spammers use. Twitter is hardly the first to try this particular tactic to fight spammers. Just in January Facebook did something similar.
Facebook and Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna announced the latest step in an ongoing fight against spammers and scammers today: dual lawsuits against the co-owners of Adscend Media, LLC, an ad network that is alleged to develop and encourage others to spread spam through misleading and deceptive tactics, including the one known as “clickjacking.”
God willing, this will ease the constant spam on Twitter. We all know it’s made the site less fun to use.