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Twitter to take on trolls

February 8, 2017 • Online & Social, Top Stories

Twitter announce new update to tackle abusive tweets. (image: Shutterstock)

Twitter announce new update to tackle abusive tweets. (image: Shutterstock)

Social Network giant Twitter, has announced that they will enforce a new system to actively identify and stop abusive users by suspending their accounts and preventing them from creating new accounts.

On Tuesday, through their official twitter account, the company announced its plans to halt the creation of abusive profiles, provide users with safer search options and collapse abusive and low-quality tweets. Twitter emphasized their commitment to freedom of expression and highlighted the effect that abusive tweets can have in silencing the voices of people with a particular opinion.

In a statement by the company, Ed Ho, VP of Engineering, said that “We’re taking steps to identify people who have been permanently suspended and stop them from creating new accounts. This focuses more effectively on some of the most prevalent and damaging forms of behavior, particularly accounts that are created only to abuse and harass others.”

Ho also spoke of the new ‘safe search’ function that they are working on. ‘Safe search’ will remove Tweets that contain potentially sensitive content and Tweets from blocked and muted accounts from search results. That type of content will still be available if wanted but will no longer clutter search results.

The social networking site is also working on identifying and collapsing low-quality replies, again for those who want this type of content they will be able to find it.

The announcement from Twitter came on Safer Internet Day, 6th of February, and is undoubtedly their attempt to make the social network more enjoyable for all.

Staff Writer

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