Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) has been granted a patent for identifying the malware on mobile, according to a public filing this month. The patent filed back in 2012 revealed that the micro-blogging site could safeguard the users from malware with “an emulated mobile device to cause behaviors to occur that may be malicious.” When a non-human account visits a given mobile site, actions are stored into hard or soft signals.
Google already using similar technology
Twitter describes how the webpage can be tracked as being malicious or non- malicious by assessing the “probability of the webpage being malicious.” Also, the company explained how visitors on the site, the site developer and the distributor of the web page will be informed once the site is registered as malware.
The details of the patent are similar to what Google is already using within Google.com and Chrome. Google issues a warning to the user, and tries to block them from not using the page.
The micro-blogging site is taking a higher responsibility for the social network as it continues to expand its user base. If Twitter implements this new feature, it would hardly affect the company as have been affected by anti-spam efforts. Twitter would be malware clean after the implementing this effort.
Twitter patent not in practise yet
According to a test run by the Venture Beat, as of now, the company does not reveal or reflect the malware site on iOS or desktop, which indicates that the tech revealed in the patent is not used publically.
Twitter, in a statement told Venture Beat, “We file patent applications on a variety of ideas that our employees come up with. Some of those ideas later mature into real products or services, some don’t.”
In another development, the micro- blogging site is reportedly planning to launch a new ‘buy’ button later this year through which users can buy items from businesses without leaving the page. According to a report from Re/code, Twitter entered into a deal with a payment start-up Stripe for adding buying feature into its service. Through this feature, users need not leave Twitter, which would eventually lead to increase revenue. Business will get the advantage of selling their item directly on Twitter
The rumors are ripe since January that Twitter is planning to partner with Stripe, but there was no official seal over the announcement and Twitter has kept quite till date.