Twitter cracks down on abusive accounts

Twitter has announced three changes to crack down on harassment and abuse on the network.

These are:

  • Stopping the creation of new abusive accounts.
  • Bringing forward safer search results.
  • Collapsing potentially abusive or low-quality Tweets.

“This focuses on some of the most prevalent and damaging forms of behaviour, particularly accounts that are created only to abuse and harass others.”

The company will identify and collapse potentially abusive and low-quality replies, and will release the feature in the coming weeks.

Twitter said it is also working on a “safe search” that will remove tweets that contain potentially sensitive content, and tweets from blocked and muted accounts.

This type of content will be discoverable if you want to find it.

“We stand for freedom of expression and people being able to see all sides of any topic,” said Twitter vice-president of engineering Ed Ho.

“That’s put in jeopardy when abuse and harassment stifle and silence those voices.”

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