In a Mashable article posted Wednesday entitled, “Twitter Glitch Prevents Sending Some DMs With Links,” writer Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai dissects the most recent technical issues faced by Twitter as a result of their new direct messaging option. Historically, Twitter mandates that users follow each other before sending direct messages. Now, users are allowed to send messages to anyone regardless if they’re following them or not. Unfortunately, however, the most recent option is flawed as it doesn’t allow the sending of direct messages containing links. Often, verified users are able to send links without any problem however, non-verified users who run into problems. With security and privacy issues being such a fiercely debated topic these days, what value does the new direct messaging option give Twitter’s users? As the article mentions, social spam is an increasing problem and it’s believed that Twitter’s blocking non-verified users from sending links to prevent its’ spread. If you’re a Twitter user do you worry you’ll receive a direct message containing spam and if you did, what problems could that potentially cause? How could Twitter better handle these types of security issues moving forward? Should the direct messaging option be removed completely from the platform?