Twitter Changes Strategy In Battle Against Internet ‘Trolls’

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Ever get tired of blocking morons on Twitter? No, that is not tiring, but at least the social media giant is looking into this.  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.   twitter-squareTwitter’s rules already prohibit abuse, and it can suspend or block offenders once someone reports them. Users can also mute people they find offensive.


Chief Executive Jack Dorsey said Twitter now would try to find problematic accounts by examining behavior such as how frequently people tweet about accounts that do not follow them or whether they have confirmed their email address.

Tweets from those accounts will appear lower in certain areas of the service, such as search results or replies to tweets, even if the tweets themselves have not been found to violate any rules.


“We want to take the burden of the work off the people receiving the abuse or the harassment,” Dorsey said in a briefing with reporters. Past efforts to fight abuse “felt like Whac-A-Mole,” he added.Twitter Chairman Jack Dorsey Interview

Tweets will not be removed entirely based on behavioral signals, Dorsey said.


Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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