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Trust And Safety [blog.twitter.com]
Today, we’re launching a new service to protect users that strikes a major blow against phishing and other deceitful attacks. By routing all links submitted to Twitter through this new service, we can detect, intercept, and prevent the spread of bad links across all of Twitter. Even if a bad link is already sent out in an email notification and somebody clicks on it, we'll be able keep that user safe.
Since these attacks occur primarily on Direct Messages and email notifications about Direct Messages, this is where we have focused our initial efforts.
we can detect, intercept, and prevent the spread of bad links
Twitter is beginning to feel less like "instant freedom of speech" and more like "big brother is watching you, freedom is an illusion" all the time.