Smart Alteration To Suspended Twitter Accounts

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After yesterday's influx of Twitter spam, I couldn't help but notice that the freshly suspended accounts all looked like this:

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This is a huge improvement. Why? Well, previously when a rogue Twitter page was suspended it looked like this:

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The problem with that was although the Twitter messages containing rogue weblinks were now gone, any URLs placed into the Profile description bar on the right were still clickable.

This was, as you might imagine, not a good thing.

Replacing the entire content of a suspended profile is a welcome step in the right direction for Twitter. One small problem - though the profile content may now be entirely inaccessible, the suspended profiles are still viewable in Profile Search. Because of this, if you happen to come across an already suspended profile that harboured infection links in the Profile description....

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....you can still reach the infection pages via the search option. Hopefully Twitter will find a way to scrub the infection link profiles from the search feature, too.

All in all, a good move to combat the increasing amounts of rogue profiles clogging up Twitter - and kudos to them on waving the Banhammer at so many spam profiles overnight. Quite the bloodbath, from the looks of things...

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