Twitter Will Now Hide Mean Tweets From Trolls

Twitter Will Now Hide Mean Tweets From Trolls

By using new tools to address this conduct from a behavioral perspective, we're able to improve the health of the conversation, and everyone's experience on Twitter, without waiting for people who use Twitter to report potential issues to us.

The signals will now be considered in how Twitter organizes and presents content in communal areas, like conversation and search, according to the duo. "The spirit of the thing is that we want to take the burden off the person receiving abuse or mob-like behavior". This would seem an attempt to shield the company from accusations of silencing anyone of a particular political persuasion.

Facebook and Google have largely responded by promising to hire thousands of moderators and improve their artificial intelligence tools to automate content removal.

The problem is that a lot of what's reported doesn't technically violate Twitter's rules. Dorsey said the company is reviewing 230 submissions it received.

Harvey and Gasca said numerous new signals are not visible externally.

Twitter concedes that "some troll-like behavior is fun, good and humorous", but says that there are some accounts and tweets that are "behaving in ways that distort the conversation" without actually violating any policies.

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If you tap on a Twitter or real world celebrity's tweet more often than not there's a bot as one of the first replies.

The company said it would look at a range of "signals" - such as people signing up for multiple accounts simultaneously, accounts that have not confirmed their email address, accounts that repeatedly Tweet and mention accounts that don't follow them, and behaviour that might be a co-ordinated attack.

With these new signals, Harvey explained, "it didn't matter what was said; it mattered how people reacted". For example, tweets that are off topic, spammy or troll-like will appear lower in conversations and search results.

Here's how it'll work: Twitter is using an array of data to rearrange how users see replies to conversations and search results. Criticism of its approach has led to the implementation of new rules meant to reduce hate speech, and more rules were announced in February targeted specifically to people encouraging self-harm. In 2015, then CEO Dick Costolo acknowledged that the company "sucks at dealing with abuse and trolls".

It said a "majority" of complaints made by its users concerned less than 1% of the total number of accounts on the service.

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