Don't Follow Me: Spam Detection in Twitter

The rapidly growing social network Twitter has been infiltrated by large amount of spam. In this paper, a spam detection prototype system is proposed to identify suspicious users on Twitter. A directed social graph model is proposed to explore the "Follower" and "Friend" relationships among Twitter. Based on Twitter's spam policy, novel content-based features and graph-based features are also proposed to facilitate spam detection. A Web crawler is developed relying on API methods provided by Twitter. Around 25K users, 500K tweets, and 49M follower/friend relationships in total are collected from public available data on Twitter.

Provided by: Pennsylvania State University Topic: Security Date Added: Apr 2010 Format: PDF

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