Incorrect or SPAM results returned by search API


I noticed this morning a lot of Tweets coming back from the search API not matching my search query.

I have tested this now in the Apigee console (, e.g. running:

And the first three Tweets come back are:
“text”: “Performs this actually are present? #BeforeiDieiWanna
“text”: “ the reason why do you gotta scare me that way babes?!(: haha”
“text”: “#job I gotta figure this out”,

None of which contain the search term ‘pistorius’ either in the Tweet or in the page in the link.

Any ideas what’s going on?