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7 Feb 2017

Twitter Has Announced New Features To Deal With Hateful And Abusive Contents

Today, Twitter announced a new set of features
to combat hateful and abusive content. The
changes include preventing serial abusers from
creating new accounts, a new "safe search"
function and blocking potentially abusive and
"low-quality" tweets from appearing in
conversations.
Twitter's engineering chief Ed Ho, in a new
blog post said,
'Twitter is working on identifying users
that have been permanently suspended
and prevent them from creating new
accounts. This new measure specifically
targets "accounts that are created only
to abuse and harass others," a problem
that has long plagued the platform.
The new safe search function prevents
tweets that are abusive or from blocked
and muted accounts from appearing in
users' search results. Those tweets can
still be found if people want to see them,
but they "won't clutter search results
any longer,".
Twitter's decision to hide or collapse
abusive content, rather than delete or
ban it, is in keeping with its long
standing position as a defender of free
speech and "people being able to see all
sides of any topic," as Ho said at the
very top of his post.

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