Is this the year Twitter finally kicks out troll from its platform? The company is leaving no stone unturned as it continues to try different measures to finally make its website safe for everyone. Though, not without some challenges, the fact that measures after measures are being rolled out shows that the company wants to get a clean bill of health from its critics.
The microblogging platform has started warning users and marking entire accounts as sensitive, reports Mashable.
This approach sounds radical and may not go down well with all users judging by previous outcry that greeted past changes made by Twitter. The problem with moves like this is, it could affect even users that have nothing to do with trolling. For instance, the profile image of Justin Warren, a tech analyst with Mashable was blocked with a caution: “This profile may include potentially sensitive content.”
Warren’s account was, however, still accessible, but not until users had clicked that they agreed to the “consequences” such action could lead to. You would only able to do that by agreeing to seeing “sensitive images of language.”
None of my followers had reported such warnings as at the time of writing this, but it appears Twitter is only gradually rolling out the feature or still testing it to see how far it would go.
“Caution: This profile may include potentially sensitive content. You’re seeing this warning because they Tweet potentially sensitive images or language. Do you still want to view it?”
Below the warning, is a Yes, view profile” button that gives you access to the profile account of the Twitter user you want to view.
Earlier in the month, Twitter announced that it will start relying on algorithm to identify and restrict accounts suspected to have engaged in “abusive behavior.”
That announcement marked a slight shift from how Twitter had approached the issue of abuse on its platform. It’s not just a keyword policing as we thought it would be a couple of weeks ago; the new update will now take into account the relationships that exist between users when issues of abuse are being determined.
Recall that Twitter had promised to start identifying accounts that engage in abusive behavior—and today’s update might not be unconnected with the announcement. Speaking on steps being taken to curb harassment on its platform, Twitter’s VP of Engineering, Ed Ho said last week that:
“We’re working to identify accounts as they’re engaging in abusive behavior, even if this behavior hasn’t been reported to us. Then, we’re taking action by limiting certain account functionality for a set amount of time, such as allowing only their followers to see their Tweets. For example, this change could come into effect if an account is repeatedly Tweeting without solicitation at non-followers or engaging in patterns of abusive behavior that is in violation of the Twitter Rules. Our platform supports the freedom to share any viewpoint, but if an account continues to repeatedly violate the Twitter Rules, we will consider taking further action.”