Headlines > Twitter introduces new tools to fight bullying

Posted on March 28, 2017

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Ali Uluchayli explores why it's important for social media to crack down on abusive behaviour

On Wednesday 1st of March, Twitter introduced a new tool to prevent online abuse on their site. Due to the fact that many users have become victims of bullying, Twitter have announced new filters, which prevent you from being notified if certain accounts tweet you.

Twitter has introduced this feature to make it harder for people to abuse other users on the platform. Someone who subjects a person to online abuse is known as a troll. They will also make it difficult for trolls to create new accounts.

Accounts, which have no profile picture known as “eggs” or have little information, will have limited access on Twitter.

Twitter’s Vice President of Engineering, Ed Ho and his team are identifying accounts which have carried out abusive behaviour and also the ones that haven’t been reported to Twitter.

“We’re taking action by limiting certain account functionality for a set amount of time, such as allowing only their followers to see their tweets.”

Accounts which repeatedly tweet users who they do not follow or spam them are likely to signal abuse, and Twitter will temporally limit their access. Users who report harassment will then be notified by Twitter when action has been taken.

What I think
I think people who abuse others online are wasting their time. They create drama and false news just to make the other person look bad.

It’s about time Twitter introduced this tool for abusive behaviour. It’s been going on for so long and making people feel bad. It will now be safer, and people can feel more relaxed about what they post on Twitter.

Ali Uluchayli
Ali studied Creative Media Web Design. He enjoys PC gaming and going out with friends. He wants to work in the media or the gaming industry. His hobbies include, going to the gym and swimming.

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