Twitter adds new options to curb abuse, harassment

Twitter adds new options to curb abuse, harassment

It's not clear when the feature will be available to all users on all platforms, however, because at the time of writing I was unable to use mute filters via the Twitter website.

Twitter already allows you to mute accounts, which prevents you from seeing their tweets in both the timeline and notifications. First, Twitter is expanding its mute features so that you can silence keywords, hashtags, phrases, and conversations from showing up in your notifications.

Furthermore, it has adopted its policies to better define the unacceptable discrimination which can be flagged up by users. Now, when you report a tweet that violates the network's hateful conduct policy, you'll be able to specify whether that tweet directs hate towards a specific religion, gender, orientation, or race. It has also improved "internal tools and systems" in order to deal with abuse reports more effectively. "No single action by us would do that", they said.

Exactly one week after the United States elected one of Twitter's most prolific and controversial users, and after a brutal election in which the social media site hosted some horrendously abusive posts, the company announced it would do more to combat online trolling.

To mute Tweet notifications that mention a particular account, you must include the @ sign before the name.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey defined the changes as "meaningful updates" during its quarterly earnings report last month.

Over the next few days, Twitter will add new features meant to help curb abuse on the platform.

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The social network does have a feature that turns a profile into a "Memorial" once they've passed upon request . The thing is, I'm not dead, and neither are the many other people being served this message on Facebook .

Simply masking the abusive stuff isn't Twitter's ultimate goal, though, says Del Harvey, Twitter's VP of trust and safety.

The news comes after the Metropolitan Police announced plans to invest £1.7 million in an Online Hate Crime Hub to hunt internet trolls and fight online abuse in the UK.

For Twitter, one of the highest-profile examples of abusive behavior occurred earlier this year, when actress Leslie Jones (of "Saturday Night Live" and "Ghostbusters") was targeted with numerous racist comments on Twitter - prompting her to leave the service.

"I think that a lot of times people assume that this is something Twitter either doesn't care about or isn't a priority or that 'you only care because it's about money, '" Harvey said.

Instagram also recently launched a new feature created to stop trolls posting nasty comments on users' photos.

To report an offensive tweet, simply click the chevron menu, and click "Report Tweet". "It's conversations, it's interacting with people and often with people you don't know".