Twitter banishes ‘trolls’ to the shadows

Twitter says it is taking action against “trolls” that “distort and detract from the public conversation”, by making their tweets less visible.

The social network has been trying to tackle abuse and harassment on its platform for several years.

The company said it would now look at “behavioural signals” to “improve the health” of discussions on the platform.

“People contributing to the healthy conversation will be more visible in conversations and search,” it said.

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Twitter changes strategy in battle against internet 'trolls'
Twitter Inc on Tuesday revised its strategy for fighting abusive internet “trolls,” saying it would use behavioral signals to identify harassers on the social network and then limit the visibility of their tweets.

San Francisco-based Twitter, known for freewheeling discussions since it was founded in 2006, has been trying to rid itself of harassment out of concern that personal attacks were driving people away.

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