The bigger you get, the harder you’re spammed, and Twitter has decided that its spam problem warrants legal action. The micro-blogging service filed suit in San Francisco today against some of the top spamming catalysts.
Twitter has been growing like mad. It currently claims 140 million active users, and over 340 million Tweets a day–you may have seen a number of those tweets offering free iPhones or promising to grab you more followers. On top of Twitters’ increased engineering efforts to block the malicious activity, the company has decided that a lawsuit would prove effective in shutting down the spam.
The company filed suit in a San Francisco federal court, going after those that build the tools which facilitate spam distribution on Twitter and the Web. The five defendants targeted in the suit are: Garland Harris, James Lucero, TweetBuddy, TweetAdder and TweetAttacks. TweetAdder, for example, allows users to automate creating accounts (potentially unlimited), manage accounts and spam an enormous amount of other users. Harris and Lucero are the top defendants who scam in regards to follower growth and shady products, respectively.
“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,” the company wrote in a blog post on Thursday.
Of course, its not like Twitter has been asleep at the wheel. Early on users were the front-line for reporting and blocking spammers, but the company has done a good amount to stem the spam tide. Earlier this year, Dasient, a cybersecurity firm, announced it had been acquired by the micro-blogging company. The company points out that earlier this week the engineers launched new aggressive measures to tackle a new @ mention spam.