Researchers pose as scammers to cut back on bogus Twitter accounts

Spam is a problem, and any Twitter user knows well that the social network has its fair share of it. A team of researchers is working to fight back, however. In a paper released this week, they detailed how they’ve been working with Twitter to take a close look at how fraudulent accounts are made and how they can be stopped — and they’ve already had promising results.

The team, made up of researchers from George Mason University, the International Computer Science Institute, and the University of California, Berkeley, worked with Twitter to purchase over 127,000 fraudulent, automatically-generated accounts from 27 different merchants over a ten month period starting in June 2012. Their goal? To try and develop a way to stop spam…

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