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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/QuadraticLingual

Concern about movie spambots

I've been recently seeing posts talking about watching a movie for free. In the post is an unknown link (it might be malicious), followed by a bunch of keywords about the movie. From what I've seen, most of the time it's in the troubleshooting section.

I believe that the "users" who make these posts are spambots, and the links are probably viruses. I would avoid clicking on those links at all costs.

What is a spambot? Really, it's just a program made to say something over and over again. It could be the exact same thing, or it could have some variations. But most of these movie spambots follow a similar format.

Duolingo needs to do something about this. Right now, it's not that big of an issue, but it could grow into a massive issue if not dealt with properly. Eventually, all the traffic made from the spambots could cause a large strain on Duolingo's servers, resulting in slowdowns, glitches, and a boatload of chaos.

March 6, 2017

14 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hughcparker

Perhaps we need a captcha on the signup page. It shouldn't be too hard to persuade Luis of that - he invented them :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/QuadraticLingual

That's a great idea! That'll stop those pesky spambots right in their tracks!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Usagiboy7

Mods have been removing a lot of them lately. If you see these, please down vote them. :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WeberWhela

I also agree with that and duolingo should defiantly give that a look


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PaganiBoii

I agree. Within the past hour or so, I personally have seen 4 of these.


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