Twitter Experimenting On A Tool To Filter Hate Tweets
Twitter has announced an update to its iOS app, which delivered a new feature for some verified users called ‘Quality filter.’
The update, which allows users to filter and hide tweets in notifications containing threats or offensive language, will only be available to some users whose accounts have been verified.
The update, which was Spotted by Anil Dash, the co-founder at ThinkUp, will be available under the notifications tab and allows verified users to hide tweets considered to be offending. What is not clear at this stage is whether or not it is going to roll out to every user in the future. A lot of Twitter users would most certainly welcome a feature like this considering the amount of abusive tweets they get every day.
The filter includes a brief explanation, saying that it “aims” to block any replies in the notifications tab “that contain threats, offensive or abusive language, duplicate content,” or posts written by “suspicious accounts.” The option does not further clarify what Twitter will characterize as “suspicious” or “offensive” content.
The filter has a brief explanation, which says that it “aims” to block any replies in the notification tab “that contain threats, offensive or abusive language, duplicate content,” or posts written by “suspicious accounts.” However, there was no further clarification in the option on what microblogging platform characterizes as “suspicious” or “offensive” content.
Twitter’s decision to make this update available first to verify users makes a lot of sense considering the fact that they are the people with the most followers, and are therefore subject to most attacks on the network. Recall that Twitter recently announced a couple of measures to extend the process of reporting concerns that bother on the safety of its users. The company said phone numbers will now be used to prevent people who repeatedly harass other users of the service from creating accounts.
Twitter also announced a couple of measures to deal with harassing tweets last December.
“So, we’re improving the reporting process to make it much more mobile-friendly, require less initial information, and, overall, make it simpler to flag Tweets and accounts for review. These enhancements similarly improve the reporting process for those who observe abuse but aren’t receiving it directly. And to enable faster response times, we’ve made the first of several behind-the-scenes improvements to the tools and processes that help us review reported Tweets and accounts,” the company said at the time.