Twitter offers users new way to deal with troll

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Harassment on Twitter is one of the biggest headaches facing the microblogging company. In the past few years, the company has rolled out various tools to nip the menace in the bud, but nothing much has been achieved so far. It takes a lot of effort to deal with such an issue; Twitter knows this, and has just rolled out a new tool to mute notifications from new users and people who are not among your followers.

The move is a sure way to keep certain categories of users at bay, and help tidy your feed tidy. It really hurts when you start seeing tweets from accounts you don’t follow and comments that are annoying. If muting them is the best way to tidy up your feed, then Twitter would have solved a lot of issues just by adding this new feature.

If Twitter continues with the same intensity, then troll might be a thing of the past or reduced to the barest minimum within the next couple of years.

“You might receive notifications from certain types of accounts you’d like to avoid. In addition to enabling the quality filter, you can choose to disable notifications from the following types of accounts:”

  • Accounts that are new (that you don’t follow).
  • Accounts that don’t follow you (that you don’t follow).
  • Accounts you don’t follow.
  • Accounts with a default profile photo (that you don’t follow).
  • Accounts without a confirmed email address (that you don’t follow).
  • Accounts without a confirmed phone number (that you don’t follow).

To help keep strangers off your DM, Twitter rolled out filters last May. The company added a filter to your incoming messages—and that means people you don’t follow will no longer be able to access your DM without your permission.

when you enter a Requested conversation, you will have the option to Accept or Delete the conversation. This change will affect pictures and media, which will not be visible from any account you have not hit the Accept button for.

Going forward, every conversation from unknown account will be flagged as “Requests” in the new inbox in the Message tab. It’s a great move on the part of Twitter, and one that will give you more control over the kind of conversation you want to engage in as well as the kind of people you want to have sliding into your DM.

Twitter also added a “safe search” feature that gets 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.

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.


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Author: Ola Ric

Ola Ric is a professional tech writer. He has written and provided tons of published articles for professionals and private individuals. He is also a social commentator and analyst, with relevant experience in the use of social media services.

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