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Fighting Spam on Social Web Sites: A Survey of Approaches and Future Challenges
November/December 2007 (vol. 11 no. 6)
pp. 36-45
Paul Heymann, Stanford University
Georgia Koutrika, Stanford University
Hector Garcia-Molina, Stanford University
In recent years, social Web sites have become important components of the Web. With their success, however, has come an increasing flux of spam. If left unchecked, spam threatens to undermine resource sharing, interactivity, and openness. The authors survey three categories of potential countermeasures: those based on detection, demotion, and prevention. Although many of these countermeasures have been proposed before for email and Web spam, the authors find that their applicability to social Web sites differs. How should we evaluate spam countermeasures for social Web sites, and what future challenges might we face?

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Index Terms:
social search, social media, spam, social Web sites, resource sharing, spam countermeasures
Paul Heymann, Georgia Koutrika, Hector Garcia-Molina, "Fighting Spam on Social Web Sites: A Survey of Approaches and Future Challenges," IEEE Internet Computing, vol. 11, no. 6, pp. 36-45, Nov.-Dec. 2007, doi:10.1109/MIC.2007.125
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