Twitter fights back against spam, phishing, and other malicious links

In a move that should be welcomed by many users, Twitter has announced that it is introducing a new feature to combat the many malicious and malware URLs that are distributed via the micro-blogging site.

In a blog entry posted by Del Harvey, Twitter’s Director of Trust and Safety, it was revealed that the site will start using its own URL shortener ( for Twitter messages sent privately between two users via a direct message (DM), giving it the opportunity to “detect, intercept, and prevent the spread of bad links across all of Twitter”.

As Sophos’s Chet Wisniewski told DarkReading, the new shortened url appears to be only evoked with email notifications for direct messages at this time.


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