06 Apr 2012

Twitter Sues Spammers for the $700,000 it Spent on Anti-Spam Measures

Microblogging site Twitter has sued five of the most aggressive tool providers and spammers, demanding compensation after it spent $700,000 on anti-spam efforts.

“Our engineers continue to combat spammers’ efforts to circumvent our safeguards, and today we’re adding another weapon to our arsenal: the law,” Twitter said on its blog. “By shutting down tool providers, we will prevent other spammers from having these services at their disposal.”

In the complaint, quoted by PC World, the company said spammers and providers distribute software tools that abuse its platform and consumers.  

Twitter accuses one of the defendants of tricking Twitter users into thinking they’ll get singer Justin Bieber to follow their accounts.

Twitter is not the first social network to take the anti-spam battle to Court. In January, Facebook and the Washington state attorney general filed lawsuits against the ad network Adscend Media, alleging it supported spammers.