Internet idiots, known as trolls, litter social media sites such as Twitter. Everything from trolls being a general pain in the ass to violent threats are pervasive on Twitter. The social media giant is finally taking steps to limit what they term ‘abusive content.’ Twitter’s goal is to make the site safe for all users.
New tools are being rolled out to report harassment and flag inappropriate posts. Reporting via a mobile device will now be easier. Twitter users can now flag inappropriate tweets with less information.
Blocking abusive users will also be made easier. Though, some seem to relish engaging with the morons of the Internet. Once blocked, a user will no longer be able to see your profile page. This tool has been needed for years as people are routinely cyber-stalked.
You can see who you have blocked via your profile page under the ‘blocked accounts’ tab. Twitter is rolling out the changes in the next few weeks, perfect for a New Year’s resolution of blocking the trolls. I think we can all sign on to that one.
In addition to the features, Twitter is promising more staff and resources to investigate and remove abusive content. Shreyas Doshi, the company’s director of user safety, outlined Twitter’s new policies in a blog post.
“In the coming months, you can expect to see additional user controls, further improvements to reporting and new enforcement procedures for abusive accounts. We’ll continue to work hard on these changes in order to improve the experience of people who encounter abuse on Twitter,” she said.
“Everything that happens in the world, happens on Twitter – to the tune of more than 500 million tweets every day. That can sometimes include content that violates our rules around harassment and abuse and we want to make it easier to report such content. 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.”
Doshi also said that Twitter is nowhere near done in making changes in this area. Twitter has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons recently. Women being constantly harassed and threatened. Blatant racism being hurled back and forth.
Twitter needed to act, and act yesterday. The relentless campaigns of harassment is obscene and needs to stop. Most tech observers scoff at the idea of Internet ID, but no one should fear for their safety or be driven to depression by anonymous assholes.
Twitter is taking a step in the right direction, but more needs to be done. Laws should be on the books to hold people criminally liable. You can’t yell fire in a theater, so what the hell makes you think you can threaten to rape a woman online and get away with it?
It’s time this gets fixed. By all of us.
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