Twitter, It’s Time to End Your Anything-Goes Paradise

Earlier this month, Twitter did something radical: The social network famous for its 140-character limit doubled it to 280.

Weirdly, the world didn’t end. There was some whining from old-timers, which quickly died out. Mostly, everything was O.K. Some might even say the change was for the better.

There’s a lesson in this for Twitter: It should be bolder in how it manages its network. It can slay more sacred cows. And after a year in which it became blindingly obvious that Twitter was rife with abuse and harassment, and that it has become a haven for propagandists, bots and other manipulators, there’s one sacred cow in particular that deserves to be roasted more thoroughly than your Thanksgiving bird.

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