So, over the past few weeks, many Memrise users have started noticing a growing number of spam accounts following them. In all cases, the users will have learned just a few words, and their profile will contain nothing but links to Russian dating or porn sites.
The same thing seems to have started happening on Duo, too, if this is anything to go by: [link deleted].
The language used by the Memrise spammers is is exactly the same as the above profile on Duo, and there's a discussion of the issue here: [link deleted].
This isn't a huge problem, as all you get is a notification that someone has started following you. On the other hand, I know that the site owners and mods like to keep Duo as family-friendly as possible, so I thought I'd best bring it to someone's attention.
At least there is a ban feature on DuoLingo :-)
It definitely is time for a "report button" on user profiles.
The better solution:
Friend contacts shall be TWO WAY negociation, like any serious social media site.
It should be asked first, if user B wants to allow user A to add / follow him.
"Adds/Follows" would be placed in a "pending contacts list" - before the contact (follow) is finally agreed.
My sister and I found this a while ago, reported this to staff, and here's what staff replied:
''Thank you so much for the list.
We will take action against these accounts.
We take abuse very seriously and are grateful for reports from concerned users like you who help us keep our forums safe and fun.
Please let us know if you come across such inappropriate accounts again, by submitting an abuse report.''