For many years, Twitter users have been complaining about the abuse they face on this platform. And finally, Twitter admitted that they haven’t moved fast enough to control the widespread of harassment taking place on their channel. VP of engineering Ed Ho tweeted “We heard you, we didn’t move fast enough last year…We’ll be rolling out a number of product changes in the days ahead.”
Also asserting that changes will continue until there is an impact people can feel, Ho was backed up by Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted that “We’re taking a completely new approach to abuse on Twitter. Including having a more open & real-time dialogue about it every step of the way”
One week later, when no one expected this to happen that fast, Twitter delivered three new tools to help battle abusive users. In a blog post published on the 7th of February, VP of engineering Ed Ho announced three new updated features that’ll be on Twitter soon. Probably the most useful one is a filter that hides “abusive or low-quality” tweets by default.
First: Prevention of abusive accounts creation:
How will they do it? identify people who have been permanently suspended and stop them from creating new accounts.
Second: Safer search results:
The option of ‘safe search’ will removes Tweets that contain potentially sensitive content and Tweets from blocked and muted accounts from search results.
Third: Hiding abusive or low-quality Tweets:
Twitter’s team have been working on identifying and collapsing potentially abusive and low-quality replies so the most relevant conversations are brought forward.
When to expect those changes happening?
VP of engineering Ed Ho Stated “In the days and weeks ahead, we will continue to roll out product changes – some changes will be visible and some less so – and will update you on progress every step of the way. 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.”