Twitter announces crackdown on abuse with new filter and tighter rules
Posted in: Internet Use/New Technologies at 22/04/2015 20:54
Twitter has announced a crackdown on abuse on its network, unveiling a new filter designed to automatically prevent users from seeing threatening messages.
Every user's notifications - the timeline of messages directed at them - will be filtered for the first time, in an effort to prevent people from being confronted by abusive messages.
Twitter Broadens Ban on Violent Threats
When it comes to violent posts on its social network, Twitter has long held that it would only seek to ban direct, specific threats made against others on its microblogging service. Now, the company has decided that simply promoting violence against others is enough to get a user suspended.
Twitter quietly updated its rules of user conduct following the publication of an opinion piece by its general counsel, Vijaya Gadde, last week in The Washington Post that acknowledged that the company needed to "do a better job combating abuse without chilling or silencing speech."
Twitter cyberbullies targeted with new anti-abuse tools
Twitter is to act against a wider range of violent threats as part of renewed efforts to tackle abuse.
The social network has acknowledged that its previous rules, which said a threat needed to be "direct" and "specific" to justify its intervention, had been too "narrow".
The firm will still require a complaint to be made before it blocks an account.