The social media company is already aware of the fact some users are forced to deal with unnecessary, hurtful, and sometimes hateful posts or comments on a daily basis. Now, Twitter is taking steps to combat abusive tweets, as company officials announced on Tuesday, February 7th.
Three major changes are expected to take effect soon, Twitter announced. The biggest problem the social media platform faces so far is the multitude of fake accounts, created by those who have been blocked by certain users, only to harass the virtual community’s members.
Critics have already pointed out the problem on numerous occasions. As a result, the company made efforts to address these issues which also stood for a weak anti-harrasment policy. Hence, back in 2015, Twitter announced suspended users for abusive behavior will be required to submit their phone numbers in order to reinstate their accounts. However, the problem still remains to this day.
Furthermore, the social media company did not elaborate on its plan to fend off abusive users, nor did it give an exact timeline of when the measure will be implemented. However, Twitter announced it is going to alter the search engine to the extent that tweets considered abusive or include sensitive content won’t show up in a normal search. Moreover, content from abusive users who have been otherwise blocked or muted won’t show up in the search results.
The company’s post read that the abusive content will not be completely erased, rather more difficult to find, although failing to put a timestamp on this feature.
Another change involves a filter of sorts for specific conversations. Hence, Twitter will judge and subsequently sort out relevant replies to a post. The rest that wouldn’t make the cut will be listed under “Less relevant Replies” expandable tab. With this, the social media company hopes that only the on point messages will be visible in a conversation while getting rid of comments which include nudity, spam, violence, or abusive content. However, these will still be visible, should a user extend the tab containing less relevant tweets and replies. Ultimately, the company said the feature will be implemented sometime in the upcoming weeks.
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