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Inaccurate Warnings Claim ALL 'bit.ly' Links Are Suspect and Should not be Clicked – Hoax-Slayer

This story was first published on April 11, 2011

Outline:
Various messages circulating via social media advise users to never click on bit.ly links because they all point to viruses, rogue applications or malicious websites. Some of the warnings suggest that the inclusion of a “bit.ly” link from a friend is an indication that the friend has been “hacked”.





Brief Analysis:
These messages are inaccurate and misleading. Bitly is a legitimate and very popular URL shortening service. While spammers and scammers do often use bitly links, it is certainly not true that ALL bitly links are suspect. In fact, every day, the bitly service is used to shorten links that lead to very large numbers of perfectly legitimate websites. Reposting these misleading messages is counterproductive.

Example:
Anything that has something like “bit.ly” in the link is a virus of some sort! Every time ya see one, mark it as spam, delete it & DONT CLICK ON IT

Original Source : https://www.hoax-slayer.com/bitly-bogus-warnings.shtml