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Fighting spam on Scoop.it

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I don't know about you but I've recently noticed a lot of spam among the comments on Scoop.it. Every time I spotted one, I've tried to notify the Scoop.it ticket/helpdesk who has been very responsive.

 

Would it help if we all do the same ?

 

Should Scopp.it add a spam button ?

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Guillaume Decugis's comment, May 2, 2013 11:51 PM
I wanted to give you a follow-up update on the spam issues some of you reported these past few days.

Might be a sign of success but we did effectively get a lot more spammers than we used to. The problem we had was repeat spam from single accounts and different than what we had before. These accounts were created manually by humans (not bots) and exploited the comment or suggestion system to spam repeatedly at a very high rate a few number of successful topics (so including a lot of yours).

Today, we launched a radically new system to fight that. Most of this is backend and on our end and it still relies on our community deleting spam comments or suggestions and most importantly helping us identify spammers by checking the "mark as spam" option. What happens following that is totally new and though you won't see it as behind the scenes, we feel pretty good it's going to be much more efficient for the whole community.

Thanks again for having helped us understand the intensity of the problem and sorry you had to suffer from it. We're committed to keep Scoop.it free of spam and we're grateful to count on your support for that.
Therese Torris's comment, May 4, 2013 10:35 PM
Thank you Guillaume & team !
Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, May 21, 2013 10:56 AM

This is an update for any fellow Scoop.it curators about the recent spam that appeared. Nice to know the Scoop.it team didn't lose any time looking for fixes on that. We can help too by reporting all spam and deleting things as they appear in suggestions and notices.

 

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Pinterest's Spam cleaning deletes hundreds of thousands of brand followers

Pinterest's Spam cleaning deletes hundreds of thousands of brand followers | Content Curation Tools For Brands | Scoop.it
Mashable: Major brands are currently losing hundreds of thousands of followers on Pinterest in a matter of minutes, following an initiative to crack down on spam.
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Pheed loses its Twitter privileges, very likely because it was vomiting auto-tweets

Pheed loses its Twitter privileges, very likely because it was vomiting auto-tweets | Content Curation Tools For Brands | Scoop.it

TNW: [..] the auto tweets, which included every time you made a post to the service, appear to have gotten Pheed in hot water and have caused its Twitter access to be shut off, reports Techcrunch. This includes posting from it and new users signing up to Twitter. Twitter isn’t commenting, and Pheed’s CEO O.D. Kobo says it has a setting that allowed users to ‘opt out’ of the tweet, but I would be incredibly surprised if these auto-tweets weren’t what caused it to get turned off....

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Reddit Bans top Domains in Sweeping Move

Reddit Bans top Domains in Sweeping Move | Content Curation Tools For Brands | Scoop.it

Reddit is on the warpath recently, banning entire websites and news organizations from its site, in a bid to limit spam and abuse. [...]

Phys.org TheAtlantic.com BusinessWeek.com ScienceDaily.com GlobalPost.com TheAtlanticWire.com Funny-On-YouTube.com TheAtlanticCities.com Echomon.com MedicalXPress.com ...

[...] these domains are being put in the bad kids’ box for making too many no-nos. Why would people go through all of this folderall with Reddit? Why does the site matter? Roughly because a top link can ship over 100,000 people to a site in a single day...

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Rise Of The Dark Side Of Content Curators. Or, Stealing People's ...

Rise Of The Dark Side Of Content Curators. Or, Stealing People's ... | Content Curation Tools For Brands | Scoop.it
Also, I will admit that content curation is a good thing for the most part, and that sharing approved content, infographics, and business practices is GREAT for gaining customer's trust and establishing your business as a source ...
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Twitter Targets Spam Toolmakers With Lawsuit

Twitter Targets Spam Toolmakers With Lawsuit | Content Curation Tools For Brands | Scoop.it
Twitter sais it Israël gong to court to block five of the most aggressive "spam tool makers" that create software making it easy to spam its community of 140 million active users that generate 340 million tweets per day.
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Pinterest's spam cleaning erases around 20 Percent of Top 10 Users’ Followers

Pinterest's spam cleaning erases around 20 Percent of  Top 10 Users’ Followers | Content Curation Tools For Brands | Scoop.it
TechCrunch: Last week, Pinterest began curtailing the number of spammers and fake accounts on its system, in an effort to clear its platform off unwanted elements...
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Show the list of top 10 Pinterest most popular accounts and how their follower numbers went down after Pinterest's spam cleaning

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Pinterest Cuts Off Spammers

Pinterest Cuts Off Spammers | Content Curation Tools For Brands | Scoop.it

AllThingsD:Because this is a story about spam, it will be illustrated with a picture of a can of the spiced pork product. That's just how this works.

 

Therese's comment: Pinterest was indeed full of spam using fake pins and repins. Stopping spam is not easy, though.

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Pinterest launches user blocking and reporting

Pinterest launches user blocking and reporting | Content Curation Tools For Brands | Scoop.it

TNW: Well that was quicker than expected. Just a few hours ago, we wrote about a hack to let you block users on Pinterest, and now the social network has made the feature official. The company ...

 

Therese's comment: Pinterest has quite a strict policy regarding offensive content. Blocking other users from commeting and participating in one's board was one of the top user requests. Apparently, some users/women were harassed onPinterest. I haven't come across any sich abuse, but there surely was some spam going on. Anyway, it's always good to have a well moderated community.

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Reddit anti-spam sweep blocks The Atlantic, Business Week & other sites - CNET

Reddit anti-spam sweep blocks The Atlantic, Business Week & other sites - CNET | Content Curation Tools For Brands | Scoop.it

[Reddit] The popular link-sharing site has banned a half-dozen prominent sites, including TheAtlantic.com and BusinessWeek.com, [...]. Other banned sites include Phys.org, ScienceDaily.com, and GlobalPost. Reddit users who try to submit links to these sites are greeted with a message that informs them that "this domain has been banned for spamming and/or cheating...

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McAfee says Pinterest scammers are getting automated

McAfee says Pinterest scammers are getting automated | Content Curation Tools For Brands | Scoop.it

We've known for a while that spam was jumping on the Pinterest train. Now, security software service McAfee is sending out an official warning to keep an eye out for fraudulent pins.

 

Comment:Indeed, spam is plagging Pinterest! 

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