Recently we’ve run into some issues with spambots exploiting our Collections feature for logged-in users. A number of spam collections are turning up with links to pirated material. With a recent ruling in the European Court of Justice, profit-making websites are expected to take “necessary checks to ensure that the work concerned is not illegally published”.
As a result, we’ll be disabling
<a> tags in all Collection description fields until further notice, in an effort to deter the spammers.
You’ll still be able to add
<a> tags to the descriptions; they just won’t be links when the Collection is viewed via it’s URL. Our intention is for this to be a temporary measure; as we investigate a more sustainable, long-term solution. Due to a number of other projects & improvements already in the pipelines we can’t give an exact date for a long-term solution. Sorry for the inconvenience this might cause.
Furthermore, we’re disabling accounts that are clearly only publishing collections containing high-risk spam content.
Have you been using links in your Collection descriptions?
I’d love to hear how you were using them.
What were you linking to?
How did these links help you?