Twitter adds three new safety changes to curb abuse on platform

By Internet Matters Team on

Twitter has announced major safety changes to the platform to make it a safer environment for all.

Improvement to reporting abusive Tweets

Twitter’s primary focus is to become a safer place.  They stand for freedom of expression and people being able to see all sides of any topic. That’s put in jeopardy when abuse and harassment stifle and silence those voices. Twitter are launching new efforts to stop it.

To give people more control over what they see on Twitter, last week they introduced an improvement to reporting abusive Tweets which gives people experiencing targeted harassment more ways to report it.

Twitter have announced three main changes:

Stopping the creation of new abusive accounts

Bringing forward safer search results

Collapsing potentially abusive or low-quality Tweets 

Stopping the creation of new abusive accounts:

They’re taking steps to identify people who have been permanently suspended and stop them from creating new accounts. This focuses more effectively on some of the most prevalent and damaging forms of behaviour, particularly accounts that are created only to abuse and harass others.

Introducing safer search results:

Twitter are working on ‘safe search’ which removes Tweets that contain potentially sensitive content and Tweets from blocked and muted accounts from search results. While this type of content will be discoverable if you want to find it, it won’t clutter search results any longer.

Collapsing potentially abusive or low-quality Tweets:

Twitter has also been working on identifying and collapsing potentially abusive and low-quality replies so the most relevant conversations are brought forward. These Tweet replies will still be accessible to those who seek them out. You can expect to see this change rolling out in the coming weeks.

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Setting ‘Safe Search’ removes Tweets that contain potentially sensitive content and Tweets from blocked and muted accounts from search results

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Learn more from Twitter’s Safety Centre

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