For quite a while now Twitter users have been unable to send links to fellow followers via direct messages. Fast forward over a year and Twitter has finally returned the feature to their private messaging system allowing everyone to send links to their followers and friends.
At the time that links were first removed from Twitter it was all because of a particularly bad wave of spammy links sent to Twitter accounts. Last year, sources inside the company said that there had been a wave of hacked accounts that eventually led to a massive rise in Direct Message spam, where links were being sent to users in the hopes that they would click them and enter personal information which would later be collected by spammers. In fact one of the company’s chief executives got such a direct message, which led the company to put a ban on such messages until the issue could be properly dealt with.
Sadly, this has taken more than a year to be solved – which is a bit weird for such a large social network. One would expect fixes to come significantly quicker.