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

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…

About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.

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