In a bid to address issues of threats, abuse, and harassment on its platform, Twitter is testing a slew of new features including, one that will identify and limit abusive tweets on its own and is also expanding the definition of prohibited behaviour. Also Read - Twitter Voice Tweets rolling out for iOS: What are they, how to send
According to The Verge, the social media site’s policy prohibiting violent threats will not just cover “direct, specific threats of violence against others” but also “threats of violence against others or promot[ing] violence against others.” Also Read - World Emoji Day 2021: Twitter reveals 10 most used emojis in 2021 in India
Shreyas Doshi, the company’s director of product management, said that the previous policy was “unduly narrow” and restricted the site’s ability to act on certain kinds of threatening behaviour. The change is expected to give them more scope to tackle online threats. Also Read - Top Tech News today: Realme Watch 2 Pro launch date, Vivo Y72 launched in India, WhatsApp multi-device feature
Twitter is also introducing extra tools to deal with violations, including one that would allow members of staff to lock abusive accounts for extended periods of time. This tool will be available in addition to another tool that forces users to delete abusive tweets or verify their account with a phone number.
Another new feature that is being tested right now will help the platform in identifying abusive tweets and “limit their reach” on the service. The tool will employ a number of criteria, such as, the age of the account, since trolls frequently start new accounts to abuse or threaten someone, and whether or not a tweet is similar to those previously identified as abusive by moderators.
The feature will however, not limit your ability to see content that you’ve explicitly sought out, Doshi said. He added that it will not tag tweets as abusive simply because they are “controversial or unpopular.”