Twitter? Kickstarter Shortlinks Aren't Unsafe... Take Pride In Them

Twitter? Kickstarter Shortlinks Aren’t Unsafe… Take Pride In Them

Posted by August 10, 2018 Comment

So this seems to have started happening on Twitter. People who promote their campaigns with an automatically generated Kickstarter shortlink have noticed that the links don’t take possible donors or backers to the Kickstarter page in question, but to a page that suggests the link is unsafe.

And plenty of comic book people seem to be noticing. Old friend Joe Glass, with a Kickstarter for a paperback edition of his LGBTQ-themed superhero comic The Pride, was one of the first.

There was some suggestion that the nature of the comic may have seen it targeted, but it seems to be across the board for anyone using the automatically generated short version of the Kickstarter URL. And affecting people all over the place, including these comic creators.

At the time of publishing, all these links are considered unsafe by Twitter. Is it possible, oh great and powerful social media overlords, that something could be done?

Or, like Joe, you can redo the URL manually on your own tweets at least…

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Chief writer and founder of Bleeding Cool. Father of two. Comic book clairvoyant. Political cartoonist.

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(Last Updated August 10, 2018 8:44 am )

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