Twitter unveils new features to curb harassment

Twitter unveils new features to curb harassment
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Twitter on Tuesday released three updates in an effort to prevent harassment on its platform.

Twitter said In a blog post that it would crack down on the creation of abusive accounts, create “safer” search results and make it harder to see abusive or “low-quality” replies to tweets.

Instead of just suspending abusive accounts, Twitter will now identify the individuals behind those accounts and prevent them from simply creating new ones.

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Twitter’s new safer search feature, and efforts to hide abusive replies, are meant to help users targeted by abuse by making harassing content harder to find. Now, when users search for content on Twitter, tweets that have been flagged or are from accounts that are frequently blocked or muted won’t show up as easily.

Similarly, when users click the dropdown under a tweet to see replies, potentially abusive and low-quality tweets will be collapsed.

Twitter says abusive content will still be accessible for anyone looking to find it, but it won’t be as easy to stumble onto.

Twitter has been criticized in recent years for not cracking down strongly enough on harassment and abuse of some its users. In 2016, Breitbart contributor Milo Yiannopoulos led a harassment campaign against actress Leslie Jones, prompting to her to temporarily leave the platform. The controversial Yiannopoulos was ultimately banned from Twitter.

Other celebrities have endured harassment campaigns on Twitter as well.

The company has since begun working on new tools aimed at mitigating harassment. 

In its post, Twitter said that it would continue to roll out changes to bolster safety on their platform in the coming weeks.