Twitter: We’re cracking down on trolls (yet again)
February 7, 2017
Twitter trolling has always been a problem, but it’s arguably gotten worse since the election.
Politics tends to bring out the worst in people, and those on both sides have been attacking each other, people they don’t even know, and their elected representatives in heated messages that are just plain mean.
It’s a concern for advertisers, who don’t want their content next to trolls’ posts.
Heeding complaints about the growth of trolling, Twitter says it’s ready to help.
The company on Tuesday put a three-pronged approach into effect designed to help weed out the trolls and make the social site a kinder place, if that’s possible.
Twitter came under fire over the summer after trolls attacked comedian Leslie Jones with sexist and racist messages, and last week the site said it had also improved the way to report abusive tweets.
The new steps are:
Stopping new abusive accounts from being created
People sign up for accounts with the sole purpose of using them to troll. Twitter says it will stop those who have been suspended for trolling from making new accounts.
Adding a safe search option
The site will block tweets from blocked or muted accounts and tweets with sensitive material from search results.
Collapsing low-quality or offensive tweets
When you look at a reply thread, these tweets will be collapsed so you’re not exposed to them, though they will remain on the thread so that they can be searched out if necessary.
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