To protect users from abuse, twitter plugs in some more safety features, which will protect users from hate and harassment. Additionally, the new service offered by Twitter will attempt to identify offenders on its own, no matter even if no one has reported them first.
This is the second time in the last three weeks, that Twitter has released new ways to root out abusive material on its service. This can be find as a sign of the company that it is getting more serious about the issues. They have faced criticism for not doing more in the decade since its founding.
The new twist in the service offered by Twitter is to automatically flag abusive accounts. Before this, the company would take no action until users reported suspected abuse. In the past, Twitter required the targets of abuse to make such reports themselves; it refused to take reports from friends, family or other third parties.
The process is simple, once it identifies accounts that repeatedly engage in abusive behavior, the company will place temporary restrictions on them. For an instance, tweets from such accounts will be visible only to followers or other users who deliberately search them out.
Twitter clarified in a statement, “We aim to only act on accounts when we’re confident, based on our algorithms, that their behavior is abusive.”
On top of this, Twitter is giving users the option to filter the notifications they get when someone mentions them in a comment. With the use of this, people will be able to shortlist accounts without a profile photo, or unverified email addresses or phone numbers. This can be helpful in searching out accounts that have been set up solely for the purpose of harassment or trolling.