Twitter is tightening the noose against harassment and abuse on its platform. Not for the first time and most certainly not the last time, Twitter is again hitting hard on abuse. This move highlights the company’s determination to see that everyone on its network is protected.
According to the Guardian, the microblogging platform is rolling out new measures to ban users from creating new accounts and a new “safe search” feature. Tuesday’s changes, according to Twitter, will be focused on “abuse and harassment.”
In addition, the microblogging platform is also introducing a “safe search” feature that will get rid of potentially sensitive content and tweets from blocked and muted accounts from search results. While the tweets will be available on the microblogging website when people search for them, they will not appear in general search results, the report adds.
Going forward, not every reply will be visible as the company said only the relevant tweets will be visible for you to see.
Not done with making its platform safe for every user, Twitter said:
“In the days and weeks ahead, we will continue to roll out product changes – some changes will be visible and some less so – and will update you on progress every step of the way. With every change, we’ll learn, iterate, and continue to move at this speed until we’ve made a significant impact that people can feel.”
Last week, Twitter said plans are in top gear to make its platform safer for everyone. the microblogging platform said it is working on a new update that will make users safe while using its services. In a series of tweets per VentureBeat, Twitter’s vice president of engineering Ed Ho spoke on what is well-known by everyone.
Ho promised in his tweets that users will begin to see sizeable effort to put things in proper perspective, especially from this week. Some of the things he promised Twitter would do beginning from this week include, fixing the mute and block feature, and preventing repeat offenders from creating new Twitter accounts.
“Making Twitter a safer place is our primary focus and we are now moving with more urgency than ever,” Ho wrote. “We heard you, we didn’t move fast enough last year; now we’re thinking about progress in days and hours, not weeks and months.”
Harassment remains the biggest problem facing Twitter, and despite past efforts at dealing with it, nothing much has been achieved by the microblogging platform. Users can only hope that Twitter’s latest efforts will help the company reduce harassment and abuse on its network.
In December, Vera Jourova, the EU Justice Commissioner was quoted in the Financial Times as urging Twitter and Facebook to expedite action on hate speech to stop the EU from introducing laws that mandate action on hate speech:
“If Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Microsoft want to convince me and the ministers that the non-legislative approach can work, they will have to act quickly and make a strong effort in the coming months.
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