Twitter Begins Filtering Bad URLs

Kara Reeder

Twitter has quietly started filtering URLs in an effort to weed out links to known malware sites, reports The Wall Street Journal. Now, if you post a link to a fraudulent site, the following message appears:


"Oops! Your tweet contained a URL to a known malware site!"


ZDNet blogger Dancho Danchev says the move is a positive one, however, he calls the results "disappointing." Danchev notes that the filter does not seem to be using Stopbadware's database of known malicious sites, which he calls a missed opportunity. Another problem, according to Softpedia, is the filter's inability to verify links generated with popular URL shorteners.

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