It appears cryptocurrency is the magic word that is gradually taken over everything we do online these days. We bump into it every day—but that is not the problem; it is actually dealing with the dishonest individuals who try to take advantage of unsuspecting people that worries me a lot. Twitter has noticed this and has not only issued a warning to those involved, but has actually started doing something about it.
The microblogging company is already taking steps to purge its platform of the amount of cryptocurrency scams blowing like wildfire. It had to be now because names of important personality such as John McAfee, Elon Musk and the likes are now being used by scammers to deceive people on Twitter. The scammers, according to The Verge, use misleading tactics like a little misspelling of a username or use avatar similar to the verified account, telling unsuspecting followers to send them a token of currency to receive a bigger amount in return.
“We’re aware of this form of manipulation and are proactively implementing a number of signals to prevent these types of accounts from engaging with others in a deceptive manner,” Twitter said in a statement per The Verge.
Just last week, the European Union asked Twitter and Facebook to remove terrorist content within an hour of being notified of its presence. What the EU wants is for Twitter to proactively detect and get rid of terrorist and hate content, while also providing progress reports every three months. Even though, dealing with cryptocurrency may or may not fall within this latest order issued to Twitter by the EU, the microblogging company deserves all the commendation it can get for this latest move.
Still on rules and inappropriate content, accounts of the leader and deputy leader of Britain First, a far-right group were suspended by Twitter last December. Both accounts were unavailable as soon as a new Twitter rule came into effect. Also unavailable at the time was the group’s main account, which probably fell under the hammer of the microblogging company’s new rules.
The suspension was Twitter’s attempt at combatting abuse on its platform. The issue of constant harassment on Twitter has been on for a while, and has led to the introduction of several rules in the past just to curb the menace.
Last October, the microblogging company rolled out stricter rules to fight hateful and abusive tweets. The company didn’t actually roll out new rules, but only amended and strengthened existing ones to encourage a safer platform for all.
In an email it sent to members of its Trust and Safety Council, Twitter’s head of safety policy explained the company’s policy as regards dealing with trolls. So, what’s Twitter doing differently this time around that it had not done or tried to do in the past in terms of dealing with abusive tweets? Going forward, hateful symbols and hateful imagery among others will now be regarded as sensitive media.
The company “will take enforcement action against organizations that use/have historically used violence as a means to advance their cause,” Twitter adds in the email per TechCrunch.