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Facebook to battle malware with Twitter, Yahoo, Pinterest and Dropbox joining ThreatExchange collaboration platform


By John McCarthy | Media editor

February 11, 2015 | 3 min read

Facebook has launched a new platform to tackle malware and spam attacks by encouraging tech giants to collaborate and share threat information.

The social network today (Wednesday 11 February) announced the ‘ThreatExchange’ platform which will see major websites share malware and spam threats with each other to ensure the smooth operation of their websites.

So far, Twitter, Tumblr, Yahoo, Pinterest, Dropbox, and Bitly will work together to tackle the threat of increasingly sophisticated spam attacks.


Mark Hammell, Facebook threat manager, said: “Our goal is that organisations anywhere will be able to use ThreatExchange to share threat information more easily, learn from each other's discoveries, and make their own systems safer. That's the beauty of working together on security. When one company gets stronger, so do the rest of us.”

“We're grateful to Pinterest, Tumblr, Twitter, and Yahoo for their early participation and helpful feedback in the development of ThreatExchange, and we're excited to be welcoming new contributors like Bitly and Dropbox.”

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The platform has been launched in beta although Facebook aims to allow input from other sites in the coming future.

The announcement comes hours after the social network released details of its new tools, allowing users to conduct e-commerce transactions easier on the website.

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