About a week ago, Twitter Vice President of Engineering, Ed Ho, tweeted that the social media site has steps to curb the online harassment. Today the company has begun to make good on that promise, introducing new filters to remove low-quality and harassing replies from the timeline and from search.
Like most security and privacy settings on social media or search engine, Twitter said the safe search feature will be customizable by the user. Anyone that has been muted or blocked by a user will have their tweets hidden.
While it’s still possible to find the hidden tweets – if you’re into the drama – it will take a heavy amount of digging to find them. Graphic and sexually explicit images will be hidden from search results automatically.
Efforts have been made to prevent users with permanently banned accounts from creating new ones and leaving new ones on said account with the introduction of the low-quality filter. The approach seemingly takes accounts with less twitter input experience and groups them into a hidden – but clickable – button on the bottom of the tweet.
The changes are certainly minor and are nothing groundbreaking, as most of the implemented tactics have been apart of other platforms for years now, but it’s certainly a step in the right direction for one of the most popular social media platforms.
Ho said in a recent blog post that “With every change, we’ll learn, iterate, and continue to move at this speed until we’ve made a significant impact that people can feel.” Twitter will continue to make changes to its policies over the coming months, so be sure to stay tuned for updates on the situation!
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