Twitter has announced that it is to start scanning all tweets for links to
sites which may cause harm to its users.
The system, which goes live today, is similar to those used by services such
as Gmail and will automatically check link destinations. Links embedded in
personal messages will be routed through Twt.li, Twitter’s own URL compressor
for added safety.
“Today, we’re launching a new service to protect users that strikes a major
blow against phishing and other deceitful attacks,” said Del Harvey, director of
Twitter’s trust and safety team in a blog posting.