Academics from Deakin University in Victoria, Australia carried out the research. The researchers looked at 500 million tweets. They found roughly six percent of tweets with URLs are malicious or otherwise abuse the service.
Before anyone panics, it’s worth pointing out New Zealand only accounts for one percent of clicks on spam tweets. That’s a long way behind the USA which makes up 66 percent of the total.
It’s also worth noting New Zealand doesn’t register in the top ten countries on any of the other four categories listed in the research.
Even so, the report is a timely reminder that Twitter and other social media services are regularly used by scam artists.