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Today we've added another tool to our spam fighting toolbox that will give users the ability to flag bad accounts on Twitter.
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. No automated action will be taken as a result of reporting a user as spam (in other words, it can't be used to incite an angry mob against an account you don't like.) And once you report a profile it will automatically be blocked from following or replying to you. You nailed it!
Our spam fighting tools will continue to evolve as new behaviors emerge, and as always, we'll keep trust and safety at the top of our list.
I hope this has a safety net built in to avoid innocent parties being reported and blocked.
Is it really news worthy when a site adds the most basic community feature?
My comment was directed towards the fact that anything they do seems to be newsworthy, regardless of what it is.
Kind of like the paparazzi following a celebrity around and reporting when they go to the bathroom, eat lunch, walk their dog...
So we can deduce that Twitter is now a celebrity! ;-)
I'm sure with very simple algorithms to count how many times a post gets flagged and by who (based on what IP is flagging the post), and the OP's email address & IP it has greatly increased the signal to noise ratio in their free posting areas and greatly reduced the amount of human editor resources needed to keep the boards clean.
What is the difference between a website in good standing, for example reporting on recent improvements or a new article posted, and a message that qualifies for "SPAM"?
It is spelled "spam". SPAM is a trademark for canned meat.
Twitter spammers will include keywords from trending topics and promote sites that have nothing to do with those keywords. They also post every minute, not a few times a day. They also follow as many people as possible by using automatic means (they can start following you 10 minutes after you created your first account in the hope you follow them back). It is obvious when you see it.
Twitter spam has nothing to do with honest web sites reporting on updates and new articles. I wouldn't worry about it.
You could report spammers before, it's just easier now.