Players will no longer get imitating spam invites to Steam groups
Automated bots invites spamming group to users is rising issue on the Steam for certain time now, with groups getting used as the advertisements for the shaded betting sites at best or got filled with the links of Steam account fishing at worst.
It is good that the days of being spammed by group invites might have gone. Earlier bots could spam your Steam inbox with empty and useless invitations to bogus groups which offered Counter - Strike: Global Offensive weapon skins and free tokens to their skin-related websites.
Somehow, those bots could decide the value of inventory of a user and advertise their sites with frequent promotions posted on the group. They could even try to scam you if the group invites or group page had a link consisting malware.
Valve has made introduction of a new type of group to the ecosystem of the Steam Group, apart from invite system changes. Neowin.net posted on August 3rd, 2017, stating that earlier there were two types of groups available; wherein anybody can join as well as can invite others and the private groups (now called as the closed groups), wherein only members having invite permissions could send invitations to users belonging to outside.
Now, there is a kind of restricted third group, where the users from outside can request for membership, however only the members of group having permissions may allow to enter which is similar as the closed groups. All the groups which are set to private before now have been converted to restricted group, although this could be changed easily by owner of the group.
Altogether, these changes may help in organizing through as well as avoiding several groups of spam, and then locating ones in which users may be interested. Valve further added that developments to the system of friend invite are also progressing, but didn't provide any precise dates about when the updates can be expected.
The Valve has implemented a simple solution: Now users can only send group invites to others in their friends list. This change definitely will cut down on a majority of the bot spam Steam user's experience, with Valve saying that it will be "identifying and banning networks of groups which have been created in mass and exist for the lone purpose of spamming".
» SPAMfighter News - 10-08-2017
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