Twitters Turns the Screw on Bullies

PaulRubens - February 8, 2017 - 09:49 AM

Twitters Turns the Screw on Bullies

New measures to combat abuse and harassment on Twitter are to be rolled out, the company has announced.

(CCM) — Twitter has fired another salvo in the battle against abuse and harassment on its service with the announcement of three new safety initiatives. Firstly, the company is taking steps to identify people who have been banned from the service and ensure that they cannot simply create new accounts to continue their abusive behavior. This particularly focusses on accounts that are only created to abuse and harass other Twitter users. The company is also working on a "safe search" feature, which excludes Tweets containing potentially sensitive content as well as Tweets that originate from blocked or muted accounts. A team is also working on the ability to identify and "collapse" potentially abusive or low-quality replies to Tweets so that more valuable conversations can be made more prominent. Users will be able to click on an option to "show less relevant replies" to see them if they wish.

The move is the latest in a series of changes that Twitter has brought to the service to try to prevent Twitter becoming an unpleasant place for many users. "We stand for freedom of expression and people being able to see all sides of any topic," said Ed Ho, Twitter's vice president of engineering. "That’s put in jeopardy when abuse and harassment stifle and silence those voices." Last week the company introduced changes to the way abusive Tweets can be reported to give people experiencing targeted harassment more ways to report it, Ho added. The new measures will be rolled out in the coming weeks, the company said.

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