A Day In The Life Of An AOL Spam Catcher
from the catchin'-spam-all-day-long dept
AOL claims that they’re getting tough on spam, but if you ever wondered how they do it, it’s a bit less sophisticated than you might imagine. They apparently have a group of people sitting in a room looking over user complaints and deciding whether or not the flagged emails are spam. Actually, to be honest, the story reads somewhat similar to the story we had recently about those who hunt down porn for web filter companies. What I found most surprising in the article is the hesitancy the main person had in declaring certain emails spam. All of the examples she brought up were clearly spam (things like advertisements for human growth hormone, advertising lower mortgage rates, or “turbocharging” your sex life). Yet, on each one, she would say something like, “that smells kind of fishy” or “most likely, that’s spam”.