Two weeks after beefing up its antispam efforts on behalf of its members, America Online said today it has blocked as many as 1 billion spam e-mails in a single day, up from the average 780 million spam messages a day it was blocking in mid-February.
In an announcement, the Internet service provider said the increase comes two weeks after it alerted its 35 million members about how to better report spam to AOL using a special Report Spam button included in AOL's Version 8.0 software.
The company said it's stopping an average of more than 28 junk e-mails from reaching each account on a daily basis.
AOL members are using the spam reporting button to send up to 5.5 million pieces of junk e-mail per day to AOL's antispam engineers, up from about 4 million per day reported less than two weeks ago. "Our members are sending AOL a very clear message: Can the spam," AOL Chairman and CEO Jon Miller said in a statement.