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Twitter to fight harassment and abuse with these three changes

By Jos
Feb 7, 2017
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  1. [parsehtml]<p><img src="https://www.techspot.com/images2/news/bigimage/2017/02/2017-02-07-image-13.jpg" /></p> <p>Twitter has been criticized for not doing enough to combat harassment and abuse on its platform. Today, the company has pledged to take a new approach on the issue, starting with three changes that will give users more control over what they see on the social network: stopping the creation of new abusive accounts, bringing forward safer search results, and collapsing potentially abusive or low-quality Tweets.</p> <p>Twitter says it&rsquo;s taking steps to identify people who have been permanently suspended and stop them from creating new accounts, focusing in particular on accounts that are created &quot;only to abuse and harass others,&rdquo; as explained by the company&rsquo;s VP of Engineering, Ed Ho, in a <a href="https://blog.twitter.com/2017/an-update-on-safety">blog post</a>.</p> <p>Moreover the introduction of a &quot;safe search&quot; feature will remove tweets with potentially sensitive content and tweets from blocked and muted accounts from search results. The tweets will still exist on the user&rsquo;s timeline or are linked to but they won&#39;t appear in general search results.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://www.techspot.com/images2/news/bigimage/2017/02/2017-02-07-image.gif" /></p> <p>Lastly, Twitter says it&rsquo;s working on identifying low-quality and abusive replies, grouping them together and displaying them beneath a batch of the most relevant responses. Users will need to actually click through a link to &ldquo;Show less relevant replies&rdquo; in order for them to become visible.</p> <p>The changes come as the company tries to find a balance between promoting free speech while curbing bullying. Twitter says users should see the new features over the course of the next few days &ndash; some changes will be visible and some less so, according to the announcement. It&rsquo;s also unclear if third party Twitter clients will be able to tap into these controls to offer a cleaner experience themselves.</p> <p class="grey">Lead image credit:&nbsp;Paul Morris/Bloomberg/Getty Images</p><p><a rel='alternate' href='https://www.techspot.com/news/68064-twitter-fight-harassment-abuse-three-changes.html' target='_blank'>Permalink to story.</a></p><p class='permalink'><a rel='alternate' href='https://www.techspot.com/news/68064-twitter-fight-harassment-abuse-three-changes.html'>https://www.techspot.com/news/68064-twitter-fight-harassment-abuse-three-changes.html</a></p>[/parsehtml]
  2. Morris Minor

    Morris Minor TS Booster Posts: 66   +27

    Yet they do nothing to address the vast amount of child porn.

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