Chalk one up for Twitter. The micro-blogging website has won another round against spammers by settling a lawsuit in a US District Court in San Francisco.
According to the document filed in the court, Twitter has settled an ongoing litigation with TweetAdder, a marketing software company. TweetAdder happens to be one of the five defendants named by Twitter in a series of lawsuits filed in 2012. According to the settlement, TweetAdder and its employees are going to halt practices that are in violation of Twitter’s Terms of Services.
TweetAdder has agreed not to take part in “creating, developing, manufacturing, adapting, modifying, making available, trafficking in, using, disclosing, selling, licensing, distributing (with or without monetary charge), updating, providing costumer support for, or offering for use, sale, license, or distribution (with or without monetary charge), any software or technology designed for use in connection with Twitter's service.”
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Twitter isn’t completely spam-free just as yet, but the micro-blogging website seems to have taken an important step in cleaning up your timelines. While TweetAdder is the first company to have fallen to Twitter's Terms of Services in court, the first to have been ambushed by Twitter in this series of lawsuits was TweetBuddy. The company made an out-of-court settlement with Twitter last year. Post the court win, if TweetAdder now touches Twitter with its products – deemed “spammy” by Twitter – even with a barge pole, it will have to face the music, and this will not be cheap.
“Twitter is committed to aggressively protecting its users from spam, and we use all tools at our disposal to shut down spammers, including through the legal action filed last year,” the company said in a statement. “We are pleased with today’s settlement; we’ve succeeded in getting the TweetAdder defendants to respect our Terms of Service — now and in the future. The stipulated order filed today protects our users and should serve as an example to other parties that try to use the Twitter platform for spam.”
The company is well aware of the spam problem plaguing timelines and is keen on getting violators of its Terms of Services to their knees. Who wouldn’t want a spam-free experience on Twitter? The out-of-court settlements and the decision in favour of Twitter could well be a step towards a big change on the micro-blogging platform.