Twitter had previously made efforts towards protecting its large user base from harassment on the platform. This time, it released a “quality filter” that will limit notifications received only to people a user follows on Twitter. Until now, only verified users and accounts of public figures, celebrities and brands, had the option to filter out tweets and stop notifications from potential abusers. Earlier this year, Twitter had tried to make it easier for users to get their accounts verified, but it did not go down well with certain users who were finding it difficult to get verified.
The platform also announced new features that include tools that would detect low quality tweets on Twitter, and provide users with an option to block notifications of such tweets. All users can optionally turn on the quality filter to block/stop notifications from low quality tweets. By default, the notifications are not turned off. The quality of tweets is determined based on account age and the account user’s behaviour on the platform in the duration.
The move, sure does address issues that arise from extreme harassment on the platform, but it definitely does nothing to eliminate harassment completely from the platform. Twitter has always been a hub for abusers and trollers, and many public figures have been victim to such harassments. BuzzFeed recently released a report on Twitter’s in-efficiency in handling abuses on the platform, and made claims about how addressing abuse isn’t the top priority in the company. Although Twitter said these claims were unfair portrayals, the leadership team admitted that Twitter is not up to the mark in dealing with abuses.
“We suck at dealing with abuse and trolls on the platform and we’ve sucked at it for years. It’s no secret and the rest of the world talks about it every day. We lose core user after core user by not addressing simple trolling issues that they face every day.”, Twitter’s CEO said in a memo last year.
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