Detecting Spam Bots in Online Social Networking Sites: A Machine Learning Approach
Source: Pennsylvania State University
As online social networking sites become more and more popular, they have also attracted the attentions of the spammers. In this paper, Twitter, a popular micro-blogging service, is studied as an example of spam bots detection in online social networking sites. A machine learning approach is proposed to distinguish the spam bots from normal ones. To facilitate the spam bots detection, three graph-based features, such as the number of friends and the number of followers, are extracted to explore the unique follower and friend relationships among users on Twitter.