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Letter from twitter antispam team

Discussion in 'Twitter' started by Zingo12, Apr 29, 2015.

  1. Zingo12

    Zingo12 Newbie

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    Hello

    I just received a letter from Twitters Anti-Spam team:

    Dear (websitename)-

    Twitter is dedicated to providing a high quality user experience that promotes meaningful interactions between its users. Twitter has invested substantial effort and resources to detect and prevent fraudulent and deceptive practices on the Twitter platform, with the goal of protecting the user experience.

    It has come to our attention that (websitename)has been promoting and/or paying for spam on the Twitter platform, in direct violation of the user agreement contracts with Twitter. Twitter?s Terms of Service, which includes the Twitter Rules and Twitter?s Privacy Policy, expressly prohibit actions you have taken, including spamming users. These agreements can be found on Twitter?s website at:



    (websitename)has taken actions in violation of these agreements.

    Twitter requests your cooperation in its investigation into these unauthorized activities. We request you take down your website (websitename) and terminate any fake accounts you have created in an effort to promote (websitename)
    Thanks,















    I am wondering, has anybody else received such a letter? What will Twitter do?
     
  2. Hawkster

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    Everyone i know who got the same letter got sent to jail for 12 months+.

    Don't drop the soap.
     
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    Never got a letter from twitter like this
     
  4. MrFluffy

    MrFluffy BANNED BANNED

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    Guess you should be hiding your who is information on your domain.
     
  5. fredfred547

    fredfred547 Power Member

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    First of all, the above reply was a joke, so OP, don't take it seriously.
    Secondly, are you absolutely sure this is actually Twitter? Often times competitors will spoof emails to shut down competing sites.
    If this truly is Twitter, shut down the site and you won't hear from them again. No jail time or anything like that, don't be too worried.
     
  6. Zingo12

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    Are you serious? I am not joking here, please let me know if you are serious or not because I am very worried about this!
     
  7. Zingo12

    Zingo12 Newbie

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    Yes, I am sure. Their mail comes from a legit address from Twitter.
    Hawkster mentioned about jailtime, he is joking right? Omg.. I am so worried now!! About to piss my self!
     
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    is your site any way illegal OP? if not and you were just spamming you are hardly gonna get jail time lol
     
  9. Zingo12

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    My website sold followers, is that illegal? Or just "agains TOS of Twitter"? Is it punishable by jail/money?

    And i basically made accounts to spam-promote my website

    Do you think Twitter will press charges against such things?

    I have taken it down and everything,
     
  10. fredfred547

    fredfred547 Power Member

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    He was joking. You absolutely will NOT get any jail time. And just because it came from an address that Twitter owns doesn't mean it's real. In fact, I would bet money it's a fake email. Reply to the same email address that you recieved the email from and wait for a response. My guess is you won't get a response because you're being fooled with. (When replying, don't include the name of your website).
     
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  11. Zingo12

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    I purposely replaced the website's name when posting it into this post, but in their actual letter, they entered the correct website name. Also their domain came from supportATtwitterDOTcom
    it is hard to spoof

    The main thing that I am wondering about is, does Twitter punsihes anybody that sells followers by pressing charges and getting money?
    Like for isntance, have they ever sued anybody before for selling followers for large sums of money?
     
  12. fredfred547

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    I'm not sure if you understand how email spoofing works, but that's not hard. I recieved an email from Apple that was spoofed a few weeks ago. They said the name because they know it (by they I mean your competitor). When you reply, you're sending an email to Twitter, which is why you don't want to include the name of your site. It is not illegal, only against their TOS. And Twitter doesn't go after providers like yourself. They go after social exchange sites. I've only ever heard of Twitter really pursuing one individual who sold followers and it was because his website was very popular. He removed it after a few emails back and forth and never got charged for anything. Technically, Twitter could sue you, but they won't.
    Here's what you need to do:
    Reply and see if it's actually Twitter.
    If it is, remove the site and you'll be fine. Otherwise, keep selling and making that $$$.
     
  13. Zingo12

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    Are you positive of what you are saying? Because I really hope what you are saying is true.

    I google a little bit and I found Twitter charged the makers of TweetAdder for 75000$.

    I cant post a URL as a reference but:

    Google this:
    "Twitter is dedicated to providing a high quality user experience that promotes meaningful interactions between its users. Twitter has invested substantial effort and resources to detect and prevent fraudulent and deceptive practices on the Twitter "

    And then check the 2:nd result, they seem to be serious? Or was that just a very rare and special case?
     
  14. Zingo12

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    Also, excuse me for me "noobiness" but what is a social-exchange site?
     
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    I am familiar with the case you're referring to (Twitter vs. Skootle) and yes, this is a rare occasion. This isn't someone selling followers from their bedroom. This is an organized company that believed they were right and went to court. I believe the owners of TweetAdder have accounts on here and as you can see, they still sell their product. They may have been charged $75,000 but I'm not sure if that ever went over in court. Regardless, I promise, you have nothing to worry about. That was a company who went to court by choice. They were making LOTS of money and didn't listen to their requests to stop their service. I have been involved with Twitter for a very long time and these kind of emails are sent every so often but 99% of the time, it's not Twitter. Seriously, sit down, watch some TV and wait for a response. As long as you do what I said in the previous post, the absolute worst thing that can happen is that you will have to close your site. But I doubt that will be the case. Do you have your whois private? If not I guarantee the email is fake.
     
  16. Zingo12

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    Ok that sounds encouraging a little, I really hope it is fake.

    I have added you on Skype now
     
  17. Zingo12

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    There seemed to be 2 contacts when searching for your name.

    add me on this: ahmad.elmir3 incase you did not receive my invite.
     
  18. EvilByte

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    I'd just like to point out just because it says it comes from twitter doesn't necessarily mean it did. You can spoof email headers.
     
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    That doesn't seem like a legit email.
     
  20. GoldMarketing

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    i think fake email !