Help with API status issue "status contains malware" only when posting through API


#1

I use the API to post status updates and I am getting the following error:

“Status contains maleware”

I know what this status means and I checked the sites. They are all good. I then tried to post the status update using the website and it works.

Why does the API reject the update but is ok when posting from the website ?

It should fail for both if it was finding the website as malware. Seems to be a bug with the API.

Any help.


#2

I looked into this further and its only when using bi.ly to shorten my links rather then relying on the t.co to shorten it. If I don’t shorten it myself then the links work fine in the API.

Crazy stuff. Obviously a bug.


#3

I am seeing the same problem. I was posting with bit.ly URLs via the API and kept getting a “188: Status contains malware.” response. I stopped using bit.ly and it worked.

It appears bit.ly has had some suspicious activity, and as per Twitter’s guidelines for spam I checked http://www.google.com/safebrowsing/diagnostic?site=http://bit.ly and it says bit.ly is safe but “Part of this site was listed for suspicious activity 8 time(s) over the past 90 days.” I am assuming this is why twitter is currently blocking all bit.ly URLs.


#4

This is happening for us. For instance, a bitly shortened URL - http://bit.ly/HQJYUo - which links to http://www.severntrent.com/job-search2/?Module[621][action]=details&jobId=21402 - is said to be malware.

I have checked on Google’s stop malware page, both links are not flagged.

http://www.google.com/safebrowsing/diagnostic?site=http://bit.ly/HQJYUo
http://www.google.com/safebrowsing/diagnostic?site=http://www.severntrent.com/job-search2/?Module[621][action]=details&jobId=21402

Here is a screenshot:
http://screencloud.net/v/7OEM


#5

the same problem came up today for me


#6

We at @FriendsPlusMe have the same problem with Bit.ly shortened links. It’s a REAL problem. I’ve also filled spam report https://support.twitter.com/forms/spam but so far no response.


#7

same problem here


#8

Started at about 4pm EST 2013/11/12 for me.


#9

Are you still having this issue? Was this limited only to bit.ly links for you?


#10

The problem disappeared about an hour ago.