A framework for real-time spam detection in Twitter

Gupta, Himank and Jamal, Mohd Saalim and Madisetty, Sreekanth and Desarkar, Maunendra Sankar (2018) A framework for real-time spam detection in Twitter. In: 10th International Conference on Communication Systems and Networks, COMSNETS, 3-7 January 2018, Bangalore, India.

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With the increased popularity of online social networks, spammers find these platforms easily accessible to trap users in malicious activities by posting spam messages. In this work, we have taken Twitter platform and performed spam tweets detection. To stop spammers, Google SafeBrowsing and Twitter's BotMaker tools detect and block spam tweets. These tools can block malicious links, however they cannot protect the user in real-time as early as possible. Thus, industries and researchers have applied different approaches to make spam free social network platform. Some of them are only based on user-based features while others are based on tweet based features only. However, there is no comprehensive solution that can consolidate tweet's text information along with the user based features. To solve this issue, we propose a framework which takes the user and tweet based features along with the tweet text feature to classify the tweets. The benefit of using tweet text feature is that we can identify the spam tweets even if the spammer creates a new account which was not possible only with the user and tweet based features. We have evaluated our solution with four different machine learning algorithms namely - Support Vector Machine, Neural Network, Random Forest and Gradient Boosting. With Neural Network, we are able to achieve an accuracy of 91.65% and surpassed the existing solution [1] by approximately 18%.

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Desarkar, Maunendra SankarUNSPECIFIED
Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Computer science
Divisions: Department of Computer Science & Engineering
Depositing User: Team Library
Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2018 07:05
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2018 07:05
URI: http://raiith.iith.ac.in/id/eprint/4400
Publisher URL: http://doi.org/10.1109/COMSNETS.2018.8328222
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