Twitter rolls out spam and phishing protection service

Twitter has announced it is launching a new screening feature that allows the micro-blogging site to

Users will have to use Twitter's link shortener to use the service. The service would initially be available on direct messages.

Twitter users have often complained of receiving spam links. When users click on these, they are asked to enter their Twitter details. Then their friends are spammed with similar messages.

Del Harvey, director of Twitter's trust and safety team, said in a blog post that by routing all links submitted to Twitter through the new service, it can detect, intercept and prevent the spread of bad links across Twitter.

"Even if a bad link is already sent out in an email notification and somebody clicks on it, we'll be able keep that user safe," he added.