July 15, 2020
Twitter safety measures

Twitter Safety Measures Stepping Up

New Twitter safety measures are coming to the social microblog platform, including policing abusive or low-quality tweets, safe search results, and more…

Three new Twitter safety measures will soon appear on the social media network, the company announced today. Microblog Twitter reiterates in the announcement its commitment to providing better user experience, free of abuse and harassment.

New Twitter Safety Measures Rolling Out

“Making Twitter a safer place is our primary focus. We stand for freedom of expression and people being able to see all sides of any topic. That’s put in jeopardy when abuse and harassment stifle and silence those voices. We won’t tolerate it and we’re launching new efforts to stop it,” Ed Ho (@mrdonut), VP of Engineering, explains on the company’s official blog.

Ho states the network began implementing changes last November. Now, it’s going forward with more safeguards. Just last week, Twitter introduced an improved abusive tweet reporting system. Today, the social site is implementing three new changes: arresting new abusive account set up, safe search results, and “collapsing” offensive or low-quality tweets.  

Twitter identifies permanently suspended users and disallows their creation of new accounts. The company is working to launch a ‘safe search’ feature to remove tweets from blocked and muted accounts. Users can decide to toggle safe search on or off. Twitter likewise is working towards “identifying and collapsing potentially abusive and low-quality replies so the most relevant conversations are brought forward.”

These new Twitter safety measures will roll out in the next few days and weeks. The microblog just introduced a new Explore tab and is also working on improving its analytic data reporting for advertisers.

Read the full announcement on the Twitter blog.

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