Twitter announces new measures to fight spam

The measures include increased security around account verification and sign-up

by exchange4media Staff
Published - Jun 28, 2018 1:36 PM Updated: Jun 28, 2018 1:36 PM

Twitter has announced new measures to fight spam and malicious automation on its platform. The new measures include increased security around account verification and sign-up.

“Our focus is increasingly on proactively identifying problematic accounts and behaviour rather than waiting until we receive a report. We focus on developing machine learning tools that identify and take action on networks of spammy or automated accounts automatically. This lets us tackle attempts to manipulate conversations on Twitter at scale, across languages and time zones, without relying on reactive reports,” wrote Twitter’s executives Yoel Roth and Del Harvey in the latest blog update.

Twitter has also shared that its anti-spambot systems picked up more than 9.9 million potentially spammy or automated accounts per week in May, up from 6.4 million in December 2017 and 3.2 million in September 2017.

As part of this shift in approach to reduce the visibility and power of spambots by impacting their ability to bogusly influence genuine users, Twitter has also tweaked how it displays follower and like counts across its platform saying it’s now updating account metrics in near-real time.

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