Twitter introduce a new suite of anti-harassment tools that will focus on notifications. The social platform will expand the mute feature, which allows users to hide tweets. The users will be able to mute entire conversations threads as well as specific words or phrases. Additionally, Twitter released a reporting feature that allows users to categorize certain tweets as hateful, threatening or potentially harmful. The Twitter announcement said the move would help victims of online abuse and encourage a diversity of opinions.
The amount of abuse, bullying, and harassments can easily spread on Twitter due to its public, real-time nature, where tweets are easily amplified by re-tweets and users openly attack others. This type of conduct threatens human dignity, which we should all stand together and protect.
The users were allowed to categorize offensive tweets to bring the staff’s attention. This new reporting options addresses concerns on Twitter surrounding hate speech directed at minorities. It directs hate against a race, religion, gender or orientation. In addition to the reporting tool, Twitter will train staff on how to curb hateful conduct with the goal of creating a, faster and more transparent process for responding to reported post.
Another application of the expanded mute filter is hiding words in your notification timeline. The expanded mute feature lets the user’s mute accounts that they don’t want to see, and it is now accessible from notification. Reporting harassment on Twitter is now easier with a direct way to specifically report hateful conduct that should make it clearer for users who want to report tweets. Twitter also improves the ability to process these reports while helping to reduce those persons who are experiencing the abuse.
Twitters acknowledge that it may take some time to clear abusive conduct. Hateful Conduct Policy will make the offender remove the problem Tweet before posting again or suspend the account. The changes will surely prove useful for justifying the targeted harassments that sometimes uncontrollably on Twitter.
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